My Promised Land

The Promised Land takes its name from the famous speech Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave to sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. King's speech was an invitation for all people to work toward a vision of something better. We ask today’s visionaries about their promised lands (view full list): the possibilities, struggles and optimism that drives their work. Hear their ideas, and share your own vision of the promised land, your own community, and how we will get there…

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Sharon Hanshaw

Sharon shares a Promised Land where women from across the world - from her hometown of Biloxi to Copenhagen and India - come together as 'Coastal Women for Change.'

Nat Turner

The founder of Our School at Blair Grocery imagines a Promised Land where kids in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans make "their neighborhood one that they would never want to leave."

Nalini Nadkarni

The Queen of the Canopy imagines her Promised Land as a place where scientists, artists, and religious leaders are brought together and inspired by the natural wonder of trees.

Robert Redford

Robert Redford

Longtime environmentalist and activist Robert Redford imagines his Promised Land as a dynamic balance between natural and urban.

Judy Bonds

Judy Bonds

"My Promised Land is a mountain in West Virginia. That's home to her, and she fights for those mountains every day in her struggle against mountaintop removal and coal mining."

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Featured listener:

So Beck of Oakland, California, thinks of children and their possibilities when she thinks of the Promised Land.