It was the speech heard around the world. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" are some of the most recognizable words in history, and 50 years later, the March on Washington Square is an enduring example of the struggle for basic freedoms through peaceful assembly. Now, it's time for reflection.
The story of how Jesse Giddings got his break in the entertainment industry reads like the opening act of a Hollywood film: star-hopeful moves from the suburbs to the big city with nothing but a duffel bag and a dream. We caught up with Giddings to find out what motivates him, and what he would say to his high-school self.
Lights became a seasoned world traveller long before concert touring had her crisscrossing North America with hits like "Toes" and "My Boots." She told us what advice she would give her high-school self, and why she believes that education can break the cycle of poverty.
Summer vacation is well underway, and off-duty students across the country are looking for "something to do." Well, why not become Prime Minister of Canada? At the very least, practice your campaign speech, like We Day favourite -- and future prime minister -- Sydney Brouillard-Coyle.
Martin Sheen has become one of our most regular speakers at We Day events -- not for his acting résumé but for his cred as an inspiring social activist who has protested everything from the Vietnam War to nuclear weapons to the war in Iraq. We talked to him about some of the valuable lessons he has to share.
Don't call Victoria Duffield a triple threat; she's closer to quintuple or septuple in her numbered talents. The recording artist from Abbotsford, B.C., recently joined forces with Aussie teen heartthrob Cody Simpson for the single "They Don't Know About Us". Duffield co-writes most of her tracks, some in collaboration with songwriters from Justin Bieber's camp.
The real world now has the largest generation aged 15-24 in history. Last year, 75-million young people were unemployed globally. In developing communities, investing in education dramatically increases economic and social capital, and even lowers health care costs. That's why J.R. Martinez calls youth the secret investment that will change the world.
On America's Independence Day, we find ourselves thinking about that time we went to Washington (state) to meet the (Kid) President. The president made an official visit to We Day Seattle with his brother-in-law and chief advisor Brad Montague, the guy behind the camera in Kid President's inspirational video series.
Dr. Dave Williams must be the consummate Canadian -- humble and quick to deflect praise despite everything he's accomplished -- in outer space, no less. Williams has piloted jets, saved countless lives as an emergency-room physician, and plunged to the depths of the sea as an aquanaut. And that's just on Earth.
Because of the huge influence our upbringing had on our values, we often ask our We Day speakers about what they've learned from their parents. We found this video of Martin Sheen in our archives, sharing fond memories of his father.