This year on August 28, Americans of different backgrounds and beliefs will come together to form a coalition dedicated to renewing the idea that our communities and our country are stronger when we embrace what unites rather than what divides us.
This is the mission of the Dream Coalition.
Andrew Gutmann, author of the Brearley Letter is the primary author of the Dream Coalition letter. A new organization that we co-founded, the Institute for Liberal Values, is sponsoring the letter, and we have partnered with Free Black Thought, which is publishing it on 8.27 in the Journal of Free Black Thought. Along with the original letter, the Journal will also publish a correspondence between John Wood, Jr. and Andrew, sharing their different views on MLK’s dream and legacy.
We have gathered the signatures of prominent activists, academics, intellectuals, journalists and concerned citizens, and now we invite all Americans, and friends of America, to sign the letter and join the Dream Coalition.
I also invite you to register for a free livestream event on August 28th at 2pm ET for a discussion on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Woke or Still Dreaming? A Dialogue on King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech, Social Justice Ideology, and the Future of Liberalism. Join us live as John Wood, Jr. of Braver Angels, Erec Smith of Free Black Thought and Andrew discuss their diverse viewpoints. Other panelists include Harry Boyte the former field secretary for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference headed by Martin Luther King, Jr., Kenny Xu of Color Us United, and Angel Eduardo.
The Institute for Liberal Values is proud to support these initiatives to enter into dialogue in good faith, approach different viewpoints with curiosity and humility, accept that reasonable minds may differ, judge people on character over convictions, and promote tolerance over division.
We share the dream that on August 28, 2021, we will stand together in unity and a new movement will be birthed. With the spirit of kinship fundamental to the original civil rights movement, we will reaffirm and reignite the thoroughly American dreams of Martin Luther King.
The Institute for Liberal Values is a consortium of organizations that have joined together under the following Mission Statement:
The Institute for Liberal Values (ILV) advances liberalism, equality of opportunity and justice in America and around the world. We are a diverse coalition devoted to the free expression of ideas, critical thinking, and civic engagement.
The members of the Institute for Liberal Values adhere to the Joint Statement on Liberalism:
The Institute for Liberal Values (ILV) advocates for civil liberties under the rule of law that exemplify Enlightenment values, including freedom of speech, equality of opportunity, justice, liberty, progress, tolerance, and viewpoint diversity, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We believe that the best way to realize these values is through open-minded dialogue, debate, civility, and civic engagement.
The members of the Institute for Liberal Values, adhere to the ILV Approach:
To promote the Enlightenment values of liberalism and equality of opportunity and justice, and to uphold the free expression of ideas and constructive civic engagement, we adhere to the ILV Approach. Members are encouraged to embody these principles in their work, and ILV will adhere to these values in its outward facing role to advance the work of its members.
Enter dialogue in good faith.
In an era of polarization, we too often assume the “other” as evil and fail to engage. Assuming good faith is the first step to encouraging civil dialogue and discussion, even across disagreement.
Approach different viewpoints with curiosity and humility.
Often the simplest way to start a conversation with someone who is different is to ask questions. We remain open to alternative viewpoints and approach our differences with curiosity and humility.
Accept that reasonable minds may differ.
We commit to the conviction that reasonable minds may differ on any number of perspectives, opinions, and conclusions. We accept that different viewpoints aren’t an attack on individual character, but necessary for a democratic society to thrive.
We judge people based on character rather than convictions.
We commit to good faith dialogue with people of various beliefs, convictions and ideologies based on their individual character. We welcome all constructive viewpoints, and believe no ideas are immune from scrutiny and debate.
We promote tolerance instead of division.
We recognize that not everyone with whom we engage will share the values of open debate, but where possible we promote tolerance and good faith discussion, dialogue and debate over polarization, partisanship, and division.
Sign and Share the Dream Coalition Letter
Please visit DreamCoalition828.com to sign the letter. We would also appreciate your support in sharing the letter via email and social media and Tweeting out that you signed the letter.
Join the livestream event on 8-28
Our livestream co-sponsored by the Institute for Liberal Values (ILV), Free Black Thought (FBT) and Braver Angels (BA), is on Saturday 8-28 at 2:00pm ET. You can register on the Dream Coalition 8.28 site. The event is titled, Woke or Still Dreaming? A Dialogue on King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech, Social Justice Ideology, and the Future of Liberalism. Join BA’s John Wood Jr., FBT’s Erec Smith, ILV’s Andrew Gutmann and other esteemed panelists and signatories as we discuss the Dream Coalition and share our own respective views of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream, his legacy, and the challenges facing our country.