01 August 2018
KEY WEST, Florida Keys — The tiny island at the tip of the Florida Keys island chain is known around the world for its inclusive recognition that all people are created equal — epitomized by the famed One Human Family motto created by local artist J.T. Thompson.
Thompson has distributed more than 3 million One Human Family bumper stickers and 450,000 wristbands bearing the message, “All people are created equal members of ONE HUMAN FAMILY” to people in 95 nations. That unifying slogan has reached destinations that are thousands of miles from Key West including the South Pole, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tibet and New Zealand.
Demand for the stickers and wristbands with Key West’s official philosophy, adopted by Key West city commissioners in October 2000, has undergone a recent surge.
“Communities that are working for unity — like Flint, Dallas, Baton Rouge, Orlando, Baltimore, Charleston, Charlottesville and others — are using ‘One Human Family’ as a rallying point for people to come together,” Thompson said.
Thousands of stickers and wristbands have been distributed at the Burning Man Festival, the annual arts and music gathering held in late August at Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.
“One Human Family has also been included in speeches and writing by the Dalai Lama, former President Obama and even Pope Francis,” Thompson said.
Thompson began printing the One Human Family bumper stickers in 2000 to increase awareness of his message of the inherent unity and equality of all people. Key West friends and visitors immediately snapped up the free stickers, seeking thousands from the designer.
After Key West city commissioners adopted the motto, Monroe County commissioners also embraced it for the entire 125-mile-long Florida Keys island chain in early 2001.
“In a world where so many believe the illusion of separateness, understanding human unity is our only healing solution,” Thompson said. “Our differences are superficial distinctions and cannot be allowed to be twisted into cultural divisions.”
The concept of One Human Family has been endorsed by groups as diverse as Carnival Cruise Line, the Simon Weisenthal Holocaust Museum, Tropicana Orange Juice, General Electric Finance Corp. and the AFL-CIO.
“It’s amazing how powerful these three words are,” Thompson said. “People have told me they’re working to reduce racism, sexism, nationalism, classism and homophobia with use of these words.”
One Human Family stickers are available free worldwide and wristbands are available for a small donation. An all-volunteer nonprofit group spearheads their distribution, with printing and mailing funded by donations.
To learn more about One Human Family, visit OneHumanFamily.info or email JT@DesignKW.com. To order stickers or wristbands, send a self-addressed, stamped business envelope to One Human Family, P.O. Box 972, Key West FL 33041.
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