Action by: West Coast Regional Envoy, U.S Department of Arts and Culture
Date(s) - 04/04/2017
ACTION: HOST A REVOLUTION OF VALUES STORY CIRCLE
[W]e as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered— Martin Luther King.
The U.S Department of Arts and Culture invites all artists, creative organizers, concerned citizens, and community members to join together on April 4th 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. A Story Circle is a small group of individuals sitting in a circle, sharing stories from their own experience focusing on a common theme. Every story has a beginning, a middle, an end, and a teller.
HOST A STORY CIRCLE:
- Invite friends and neighbors to share stories in that bring their own experience to MLK’s message, using this powerful, easy approach to dialogue.
- Whatever story each person wants to tell is just fine. As each person in turn shares a story, a larger, richer, and more complex story emerges. It is a journey into its theme, with multiple dimensions, twists, and turns.
- Use these possible Story Prompts:
- Share a story about a time you stepped beyond imposed boundaries to speak truth to and about power.
- Share a story about a time you questioned the fairness and justice of a policy and decided to take action to help put it right.
- Put your story circle on the map.
April 4, 1967, marks a critical turning-point in the life of Dr. King. On that date—one year to the day before he was assassinated—he delivered a talk entitled “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” The occasion was a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned about Vietnam, held at Riverside Church in New York City.
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