I gave my promise to the world, and the world followed me here
— from the poem Testimonial, by former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove

My Promise Project asks the question: "What is your promise to the world?"

Now more than ever, we have to believe in the power of our promise. My Promise Project focuses on themes of promise, potential, citizenship, community, compassion, communication, self awareness and self esteem, through reflections on American history, poetry and music. This community transformation initiative is inspired by Lara's collaboration with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, featured on Lara's acclaimed recording America Again.

Want to get involved in shaping a new American promise? It's easy to do from your phone or your computer. Make a small sign with the hashtag #MyPromise and your personal promise to the world, then show it or speak it in a video of 10 seconds or less, and submit your promise below.

Your submissions will be featured in a national video story project that allows people of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life to share their hopes, dreams and promise towards our collective future.

#MyPromise  #AmericaAgain


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I loved the way Lara introduced the promise assignment to the kids. They seemed to perk up when they learned about her connection to Harlem and that her album was inspired by Langston Hughes. She also did a great job explaining that one’s contribution to the world can take many forms.
— 5th Grade Teacher - PS 30, Harlem NY