Valarie Kaur Delivers Passionate Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Address on Revolutionary Love

With the growing hostility in society, Kaur stressed that love and revolutionary love are more important forces than eve...

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, the University’s Center for Peace and Justice hosted its annual keynote address in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his spirit that sparked meaningful change. 

The 2020 keynote speaker was Valarie Kaur, the founder of the Revolutionary Love Project. Kaur is also a civil rights activist, lawyer, award winning filmmaker and faith leader...

...The ideas and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have served as inspiration to Kaur in her fight for civil rights. The idea of leading with love is one guiding ideal for Kaur.

“Love is more than a rush of feeling, love is labor,” Kaur said. 

Kaur’s idea of “revolutionary love” stems from Dr. King’s thought of leading with love and nonviolent methods. The three components of Kaur’s “revolutionary love” are love for others, love for opponents and love for ourselves...

...To conclude her speech, Kaur stressed the importance of combining all three types of love in order for her method to work. 

“We need all three forms of love for it to be revolutionary,” Kaur said.

With the growing hostility in society, Kaur stressed that love and revolutionary love are more important forces than ever. 

To further her idea of revolutionary love, Kaur founded the Revolutionary Love Project. The Revolutionary Love Project has a declaration to idea of revolutionary love. Those who have signed the declaration include co-chair for the 2017 Women’s March Linda Sarsour and CNN contributor Van Jones. 

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