The United Stated Department of Arts and Culture calls on artists, creative organizers, concerned citizens, and all community members to join together on April 4th, 2017, to draw inspiration from and breathe new life into the prophetic words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., strengthening our commitment to speak truth to power and sparking creative action in the year ahead.
Any individual or organization can take part in #RevolutionOfValues by hosting an event and/or contributing material via social media inspired by Dr. King’s historic speech. Detailed instructions for many ways of taking part may be found in the #RevolutionOfValues Toolkit. For example, your event could include one or many of the following elements:
Read the speech in public. As a group, read all or part of one of the versions of the Riverside Speech. The USDA also offer scripts with powerful excerpts and a shorter call-and-response version of the speech’s main points, suitable for participatory public performance.
Host a #RevolutionOfValues Open Mic with poems, music, performance, and other writings inspired by the speech and/or by the prompts below.
Host a Story Circle, inviting friends and neighbors to share stories in response to the prompts below using this powerful, easy approach to dialogue.
Make #RevolutionOfValues art. Invite people to a studio or other accessible workspace, lay on the art supplies, and make images inspired by the speech to inspire others to take action.
Renew Dr. King’s words by using them in new forms. For example, in the #RevolutionOfValues public folder, you’ll find a lesson plan suitable for middle-school and up based on students writing haikus extracted from the Riverside Speech.
Post a story, image, poem, audio or video clip to Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram using the hashtags #RevolutionOfValues or email us at email@example.com.
#RevolutionOfValues events can take place anywhere—in your home, school, place of worship, community center, library, art studio, local cafe, public park, etc.—and on any scale that makes sense for you and your community.
Learn more and download the #RevolutionOfValues here.