We call 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.
April 4th marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, groundbreaking speech entitled “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” To walk in his footsteps, to give voice once again to his powerful words, and to kick off a year of efforts by many organizations around the U.S. to remind people of Dr. King’s real message and unfinished work, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture and partners are sponsoring #RevolutionOfValues, a one-day National Action on that day.
This year, on Saturday, March 11, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will host The 2017 Poetic Address to the Nation, emceed by one of our country’s most provocative, original voices, Chinaka Hodge, together with musicians, poets, and others, and will address the Trump administration and our nation in the words of, and inspired by, our people.
Across this country, artists are rising to meet the moment, applying their gifts to calling out the evils of this racism and violence that flood the headlines and inundate too many lives. Please join us on Aug. 16 at 6 pm EDT/3 pm PDT for a Citizen Artist Salon—an online video call—where you can learn more about what’s happening; share processes, strategies, and techniques; and talk with others who share your desire to matter with their artwork. Moderated by USDAC Chief Rhapsodist of Wherewithal Yolanda Wisher and featuring special guests working on the frontlines of culture shift. Learn more and RSVP.