Who We Are

Fifty eight years ago on August 28, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream Speech” at the Lincoln Memorial in our nation’s capitol. Today, the vision King espoused of equality and opportunity for all Americans -- regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender -- is under threat. A small but influential minority are pushing for a new set of ideologies that seek to divide our schools, our workplaces, and our communities based on race, with little regard for individual character or merit.

That's why 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.

To learn more about Dream Coalition 8.28 -- a project of the Institute for Liberal Values -- and our movement, read our open letter or join our coalition by signing on below.

We share the dream.

On Saturday, August 28, 2021, on the anniversary of King's majestic speech, we come together as a coalition of Americans to renew and rekindle those dreams. We share a commitment to fight for free expression. We share a refusal to see King's dream extinguished.

Our August 28th Event

Watch a Recording of Our Live Event!


On Saturday, August 28, we hosted a livestream eventWoke or Still Dreaming? A Dialogue on King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech, Social Justice Ideology, and the Future of Liberalism.

You can watch a recording below of a dialogue on the different views on MLK’s dream with Braver Angel’s John Wood, Jr., Free Black Thought’s Erec Smith and the Institute for Liberal Values, Andrew Gutmann, and panelists Harry Boyte, Kenny Xu of Color Us United and Angel Eduardo.

Sponsors: Free Black Thought, Braver Angels, Institute for Liberal Values.