|Age Range(s)||Adult (36-50), Senior (>50)|
|Type of monologue / Character is||Persuasive, Inspirational, Reminiscing life story/Telling a story, Comforting somebody|
|Description||Have you forgotten who you are?|
|Details||Season 1, Ep. 4, "100% Not Guilty" 5 minutes into the episode|
Johnnie Cochran is one of the lawyers who is representing O.J. Simpson in the trial for murdering his wife Nicole. O.J. is in jail and is depressed. I this 3-4 minute monologue Johnnie Cochran tells O.J. not to forget who he is and what he represents to the black community.
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Johnnie Cochran: “Have you forgotten who you are? These walls around you don’t change that. You know what you mean to people? Ok. Well, then let me tell you what you were once, to me. 1978. I just left private practice, gone back to the L.A. D.A. Gonna be the first black assistant attorney in office. Gonna change things from the inside. Shit. that wasn’t happening. Same old shit, same rigged system. Feeling powerless for the first time in my life. And then my first marriage blows up in my face. My children won’t talk to me. I’m a failure at work. I’m a failure at home. I was down, brother. I was way down. Sunday, sitting on my bed, surrounded by dead-end paperwork and divorce lawyer bills, drinking beer -- all right, maybe a little bit too much beer. Feeling sorry for myself. Watching a football game, all alone. Crappy TV. 49ers versus the Falcons. What I saw you do on that field that day, somehow as I was watching it became as if you were running for me. Driving up that field, crowded with adversity and obstacles, getting knocked on your ass and then popping right back up again! See, that’s what I wanted to do out there on them streets back home with my troubles there but couldn’t. But you, you, you. You willed what you needed to do into being with nothing but grace. You scored a touchdown that day. And when they cut away to a commercial there you were again, leaping through the airport for Hertz, breaking another barrier with charisma, humor, intelligence. A black man as a public face for one of the world’s biggest corporations. I don’t remember if you even lost or won. I don’t even remember that. I remember everything else about that game, but not that because it didn’t have nothing to do with what touched me. And when the game was over, I got the hell up off that bed. And jogged the six blocks back to my office and got right back to work and haven’t stopped and wallowed in self-pity since that day. You did that for me. Just like you’ve done for so many others. Because you are O.J. Simpson. You...are..O.J. Simpson and you and an inspiration. You are...an inspiration. That’s who you are. You’re a man who loves people who people love right back. That’s you. You’re a fighter. You’re a runner. And when you get knocked down, I need you to pop right back up like you know you can. And keep going, because this right here, this right here, O.J. Simpson, is the run of your life."