This Monday, January 18th, Willie Jones will launch his #IHaveAnAmericanDream initiative, which invites people to share their dream for change in America. The launch date coincides with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the opening of the National Museum of African American Music, and the release of Jones’ new single, “American Dream,” which inspired the initiative.
“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.”
Through the #IHaveAnAmericanDream initiative, Jones is asking fans, “What is your dream for change in America?” People are encouraged to answer the question by posting a video on social media, using the hashtag and tagging three friends, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and throughout Black History Month. People can also donate by texting ‘AMERICANDREAM’ to 707070, and all donations will benefit the National Museum of African American Music, opening on January 18th in Nashville, TN. Donations are also being accepted on the NMAAM website.
In addition to being released as a single on Monday, “American Dream” will be featured on Jones’ upcoming album, Right Now, out January 22nd.