Students from Buenos Aires responding to a STTP Call to Action by posing for a picture with a sign expressing sympathy and support for the 43 students who went missing in Guerrero, and their parents' struggle to pursue justice.
Speak Truth To Power, a project of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, is a multi-faceted, global initiative that uses the experiences of courageous defenders from around the world to educate students and others about human rights and urge them to take action. Issues range from slavery and environmental activism to religious self-determination and political participation.
Speak Truth To Power began as a book written by Kerry Kennedy (since translated into seven languages) and has been adapted into a dramatic production by Ariel Dorfman. The portraits of the human rights defenders by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Eddie Adams featured in the book have been made into an exhibition that has toured more than twenty cities in the United States after its debut at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. It is now displayed on four continents.
The Speak Truth To Power human rights education curriculum has been taught to millions of students in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Hosted by President Bill Clinton, the play, Speak Truth To Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark, premiered at the Kennedy Center in 2000. A one-hour video was broadcast on PBS as part of its Great Performances Series. Many of our greatest actors have performed in the play, including: Alec Baldwin, Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Sean Penn, Vanessa Redgrave, Martin Sheen, and Meryl Streep. The play has been produced across the United States and performed by major actors in capitals around the world. Notable was a performance in Doha, Qatar, transmitted live on the Arab news network Al Jazeera and read by ten of the most celebrated actors and singers of the Arab world. It has also been performed by school children, college students, local heroes, and even prisoners. In 2014, at the European Union in Brussels, several Members of the European Parliament, including Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, performed the play.
Speak Truth To Power encourages governments, NGOs, major foundations, and individuals to support human rights, and brings much-needed attention to continuing abuses. But perhaps its most lasting effect will be to demonstrate the capacity of each individual to create change.