In his speech at the inaugural Unrig the System Summit last year, the 50th anniversary year of Dr. King’s assassination, Pearson resurrected Dr. King’s undelivered sermon, “Why America May Go to Hell,” and boldly juxtaposed it to his new framework for the democracy movement, “The 7 Deadly Sins of American Democracy.” Global think tank and government corruption watchdog Transparency International has since credited that speech and framework for becoming “a touchstone for thousands of anti-corruption and pro-democracy activists around the country.” Pearson’s group, Democracy Spring, organized the largest action of American civil disobedience this century back in April 2016 against voter suppression and the corrupting influence of big money in politics. At Speaker Pelosi’s invitation, he recently stood behind House Democrats at the pre-vote press conference and watched from the House Gallery during their vote to successfully pass H.R.1, The For the People Act — a historic milestone (advancing virtually all of the pro-democracy countermeasures to “The 7 Deadly Sins of American Democracy”) which might not have been possible without the thousands that mobilized for and since Democracy Spring.
Pearson is a 2011 graduate of Morehouse College and former Harvard University administrator and Social Engineer-in-Residence. He co-founded the Boston Democracy Circle (a heart and brain trust for local champions of democracy) with Frances Moore Lappé, helped to inspire the new support ecosystem for “Democracy Entrepreneurs” as a founding consultant, and now serves on the boards of Voter Choice Massachusetts (advancing ranked-choice voting) and Free Speech TV. He is featured in award-winning filmmaker Josh Tickell’s new book and film, The Revolution Generation: How Millennials Can Save America and the World (Before It’s Too Late).