When the World Needs Changing, Change It

For years, Bill Peach ran a successful clothing store in downtown Franklin, Tennessee. Years later, a story opened his eyes to the true impact of his legacy.

When the World Needs Changing, Change It

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For years, Bill Peach ran a successful clothing store in downtown Franklin, Tennessee. Years later, a story opened his eyes to the true impact of his legacy.


We often think that, when the world needs changing, we need to accomplish something grand and newsworthy. However, living with integrity in your local community can also make a massive difference in the lives of others.

In My Day, a LightWorkers series, offers us a chance to glean wisdom from our elders. In this episode, we are introduced to Bill Peach. Bill is from a small town in Tennessee and owned a men’s clothing store in the heart of his downtown district, on Main Street.

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In the 1960s and 1970s, Bill’s town was actively segregated. He had a heart to support the Civil Rights Movement and end segregation but was not sure what he could do.

“When you own a business in a small town on Main Street, you’re there to make a living, you’re not there to change the world. But you know, if the world needs changing, then that’s an obligation that you have if you have an opportunity to do that.”

What happened in the small, segregated town of Franklin, Tennessee that gave Bill Peach the chance to do more than just be a business owner? Check out this video for an inspiring story of how we can serve as heroes in even our smallest actions.

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