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Youth Speaks Presents
The 16th Annual Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Tickets are $16.00 for general admission, $6.00 Youth (Under 24)
This event is all ages
401 Van Ness (at McAllister)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Every year, Youth Speaks gathers the community to celebrate the ongoing life and legacy of Dr. King. Our celebration — Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — is not a reenactment of speeches, a slideshow, or a polite revue of well-honed platitudes. It is a showcase of young people from throughout the Bay Area who have written, in their own voices, original works that grapple with the thoughts and work of the man, who are working to demand—in their own voices, in their lifetimes—huge leaps into possibility, an ongoing commitment to love like a consuming fire. We create a safe space—a beloved community—where our young people can—in the presence of many—give voice to realities that must be understood, embraced, and integrated into our common lives if we are to survive.
This year, our theme of “No Guns” emerges within a historical context of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement’s unwavering commitment to practicing non-violence. Today, we challenge each of us to re-commit ourselves to an ethics of love that unravels the very fabric of violence. We continue to affirm life and the pressing need to openly address the deep psychic wounds within us. We acknowledge and honor those who have passed without ever making a news headline. We continue to fight for gun control and all forms of disarmament. We dare to love in a time that begs us to be neutral and indifferent. Now more than ever, we must create, reflect, dialogue and act — together. We must secure a brighter future for our young people and ourselves.
In the words of Dr. King:
“Somebody must have some sense in this world. Somebody must have sense enough to meet hate with love, somebody must have sense enough to meet physical force with soul force. If we will but try this way, we will be able to change these conditions and yet at the same time win the hearts and souls of those who have kept these conditions alive.”
Join us in creating a soul force that has sense enough to love!