Welcoming With Revolutionary Love
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
7:00 PM on the MTS Campus in Summit Hall
We invite you to join us for a conversation with Valarie Kaur and MTS Head of School Andrew Davis on Wednesday, March 9. Light bites will be provided starting at 6:30 PM, and the speaker will begin at 7:00 PM. This event is open to the public. (Masks will be required.)
Ensuring that all of our community members are not just invited to MTS, but WELCOMED, is a focus at Mount Tamalpais School. We are thrilled that Valarie Kaur, founder and leader of the Revolutionary Love Project, will share her vision and wisdom with us. Valarie founded the Revolutionary Love Project in order to reclaim love as a force of justice. She sees revolutionary love as the call of our times and has a vision to plant "seeds" of revolutionary love across the country and around the world. Her goal? To create a critical mass of people building beloved community – anti-racist, equitable, and sustainable. Come to MTS to hear Valarie speak to us about how to get started.
Valarie Kaur is a renowned civil rights leader, lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, educator, innovator, and best-selling author of SEE NO STRANGER. She leads the Revolutionary Love Project to reclaim love as a force for justice. Valarie burst into American consciousness in the wake of the 2016 election when her Watch Night Service address went viral with 40 million views worldwide. Her question “Is this the darkness of the tomb – or the darkness of the womb?” reframed the political moment and became a mantra for people fighting for change.
Twenty years ago, when Valarie was a college student, a family friend was murdered in a hate crime a few days after 9/11. He was a turbaned Sikh man she called “Uncle,” killed by a man who called himself a patriot. Across the U.S., people of color were beaten, chased, shot, and stabbed in thousands of hate incidents that were barely reported in the media. Valarie took her camera and began a journey across America to tell her community’s story and fight for racial justice. That journey continues today.
Valarie has won policy change on multiple fronts – hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, solitary confinement, Internet freedom, and more. She founded Groundswell Movement, Faithful Internet, and the Yale Visual Law Project to inspire and equip advocates at the intersection of spirituality, storytelling, and justice. Valarie has been a regular TV commentator on MSNBC and contributor to CNN, NPR, PBS, the Hill, Huffington Post, and the Washington Post. Valarie earned degrees at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Law School.
Valarie’s vision of “Revolutionary Love” is deeply rooted in her Sikh faith. She grew up on the farmlands of California, where her family has lived as Punjabi Sikh farmers for more than a century. As a child, whenever she felt lost, her grandfather would give her Sikh wisdom through song and point to the path of the sant-sipahi, sage-warrior. The sage loves; the warrior fights — it’s a path of revolutionary love.
Valarie’s debut book, SEE NO STRANGER: A Memoir & Manifesto of Revolutionary Love, was released in 2020 and expands on her “blockbuster” TED Talk.
Valarie Kaur's Website