When journalist Stan Grant stepped onto the podium in a large Sydney hall on a cold October evening to address a crowd of about 100, he had only an idea of what he wanted to say.
What emerged has gone viral online. Grant has been compared to US civil rights activist Martin Luther King and his speech labelled our greatest against racism.
And, unbelievably, it was delivered off the cuff.
“I didn’t want to write anything, I didn’t want to be standing there looking down at notes. I just wanted to look people directly in the eye. I wanted to make a statement about how we live with the weight of history.”