“What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The last year and a half brought unexpected storms and stress. But we lived up to last year’s theme, PERSIST, by redirecting our efforts, leveraging technology, and rebounding stronger and wiser than before. We learned the true importance of having a work-life balance. We saw with greater clarity how climate, economic and racial justice, housing, and health are all intertwined.
Our communities continue to carve out a path in a world still plagued by COVID-19 while actively confronting oppression, pushing back against corruption, and taking on difficult challenges to our democracy such as income inequality and voter suppression. Now, more than ever, we must channel the love and empathy we have felt for those touched by the pandemic into a practical and powerful recipe for systemic change. We cannot go back to normal. We have to be better.
We can fight to gain the power to make change while invoking the force of love. If we are to transform and heal our world, we will need both .. Dr. King reminds us that:
“...power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
This Year's Theme: Love + Power
This year we are adopting such a love plus power approach. Love+Power recognizes that love and power complement each other. Love+Power promises to activate our people power; the love-powered energy that can neutralize discrimination, hatred, and inequality. Love+Power is an algorithm that can generate infinite possibility.
While there are many that seek to sow seeds of division and hatred and to disempower others, they are not the majority. We are. We can choose communion and emphatically reject chaos. Love is not weakness; it is strength. Power is not evil; it is merely the ability to act. Love+Power gives us the tools we need to take charge of our future. Where do we go from here? We go beyond our struggles when we ascend in love and proceed with power.
ABOUT OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Rebecca Cokley is the Program Officer at the Office of the President. Learn more about Rebecca here.
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