One could argue that some of the power behind the stories of heroes like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Anne Frank and Harvey Milk stems not only from the courageous and honorable lives they led, but also from the tragic ways in which those lives were cut short. We wonder what work they left undone–and what more they would have accomplished. Now, a powerful video released in celebration of the Anti-Defamation League‘s centennial anniversary asks us to imagine a world in which all such icons of equality and tolerance survived to continue their work.
The film, created by Publicis Kaplan Thaler, explores what such a world might look like as John Lennon‘s famous solo hit, “Imagine,” plays in the background. According to the agency, the families of all of the individuals featured in the video generously gave their support for the film. Yoko Ono took a break from designing ridiculous menswear to secure the rights for Lennon’s song to be used.
The ADL hopes this video will prompt people to “Join us by watching, sharing and taking steps every day to create a world without hate.” The statement on their website is simple, powerful and reminiscent of Lennon’s famous lyrics: “Imagine a World Without Hate™. We do. Join us.”