Country singer-songwriter Willie Jones announced today (Jan. 14) his partnership with the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) for the #IHaveAnAmericanDream initiative, calling people to share their hopes for change in America. The initiative launches on Monday, Jan. 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and finds Jones asking the question: “What is your dream for change in America?” He encourages fans to post a video answering that question to social media on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and tagging three friends.
#IHaveAnAmericanDream coincides with Jones’ upcoming single release “American Dream,” also out on MLK Day (Jan. 18). The song is a state-of-the-nation address that inspires a positive message of change and builds on the social conversation about race in America. It appears on Jones’ forthcoming Right Now album, due Jan. 22 via The Penthouse/EMPIRE.
“‘American Dream’ is a true patriotic anthem through my eyes,” says Jones. “It’s a story about my love for the country that my ancestors built. Honoring those who have come before me and having faith in those who stand with me in taking America forward. We cannot ignore the fact that so many of our Black leaders—whether they’re civil rights leaders, authors, musicians, athletes or artists—have propelled the evolution of not just Black people but the entire human race. We evolve and the process must continue. While ignorance and racism go hand-in-hand, they’re no match for intelligence and love. So let’s spread some damn love. All power to the people.”
Donations made through the #IHaveAnAmericanDream campaign will benefit the National Museum of African American Music. Text ‘AMERICANDREAM’ to 707070 or visit the NMAAM website to donate.
“We are incredibly excited to be partnering with Willie on his initiative and honored by his donation,” says Vice President of Brand and Partnerships for NMAAM, Tuwisha Rogers-Simpson. “This is the perfect moment for this song, this initiative, and for our museum to be supporting artists as they work to build better communities. Social justice and equity are key through-lines of the museum’s story and NMAAM is committed to supporting artists, like Willie, who are working towards a better future for America.”
The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) will be officially opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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