My definition of "Speaking Truth to Power" is someone, especially one without direct power, indicating to someone else that they perceive, or who has actual power, their will or desire. A civil protest march or rally is a great example of ˜speaking truth to power', but it could also be written petitions, and/or phone calls as well.
However, once one secures power and wants to secure more power they should use strategies akin to ˜power struggles' rather than ˜speaking truth to power'. Power struggles take place by people that have relatively close authority.
I believe Efume, and McKinney were empowered by, and understood clearly the ˜speak truth to power' movement, but had many difficulties with respect to the ˜power struggles' in order to realize much of the gains they envisioned for their respective districts.
As the top executive in the NAACP Mr. Efume is in a perfect position. In terms of his position within the organization he is power, so people appeal to him. Yet his ability to ˜speak truth to power' is magnified immensely by the quantity of members in the organization.
I believe Congresswoman McKinney, would be a better service to the Black community as a top executive for another such organization.