People for the American Way
Delcaration of Independence Road Trip
When I first looked at the Declaration of Independence, my eyes welled up. I thought – this is our nation’s birth certificate, the people’s document, and it should visit Americans, rather than sit somewhere on a wall waiting for Americans to come to it, as a reminder of the freedoms we all cherish.

- Norman Lear

Declaration of Independence Road Trip

In 2000, Lyn and Norman Lear purchased a rare, original copy of the Declaration of Independence with the goal of bringing "the people's document" directly to the American  people. The Declaration of Independence Road Trip was founded to take the nation's birth certificate on a multi-media tour across the United States, to engage and energize  all Americans, particularly young people, to participate in civic activism and to vote. From its launch on July 4, 2001, the Road Trip made appearances at the 2002 Cultural  Olympiad in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Super Bowl, and cities and towns from coast to coast. By the end of the tour in 2004, the exhibit had been experienced by over a million people in 40 cities and 28 states, and is still visiting Americans in all parts of the country.
Declare Yourself is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit campaign to empower and encourage every eligible 18-29 year-old in America to register and vote in local and national elections.  Using the power of strategic media and retail partnerships, celebrity spokespeople, and most importantly, mobile and Internet technology, Declare Yourself’s campaign blankets the landscape of popular culture, as well as universities and high schools, with a simple, clear message: REGISTER and VOTE!  Since 2004, Declare Yourself has registered almost 4 million young people via our on-line registration tool, on-location efforts, and Ultimate College Bowl contest, contributing significantly to the unprecedented turnout of youth voters in the 2008 Presidential election – 24 million – a major increase from 2004.
At the Presidential Inauguration in 2009, Declare Yourself premiered, featuring an inspiring music video that has been viewed by millions across the country.  It is part of an on-going drive to promote active and thoughtful citizenship, as embodied in the Declaration of Independence. helps Americans to “become your country’s keeper” by guiding them to service and other civic opportunities.