It was a very busy week for the seven member Korean band, BTS. They just wrapped up two concert dates in New Jersey but began their East Coast set of dates with a visit to the UN.
As members of UNICEF’s campaign and leaders of the “Love Yourself” campaign, the members where invited to speak at the Next generation launch last Monday. In what was a very powerful speech, leader Kim Namjoon (RM) spoke to today’s youth about their message; Love Yourself.
This is not only the name of their latest series of albums, but the main focus of their message to their ARMY. You must fist love yourself before you can love others.
He began his heartfelt speech speaking about his childhood, how he used to look up at the sky and dream about being a superhero but eventually let others’ voices drown out his own voice as he tried to jam himself into other people’s expectations.
“Even after making the decision to join BTS, there were a lot of hurdles. Some people might not believe but, most people thought we were hopeless, and sometimes I just wanted to quit,” Kim said at the launch of “Generation Unlimited,” a program to increase youth education and empowerment.
During his UN address, Kim discussed his life and the band’s ascent to mega-stardom, but also kept the spotlight on self-confidence.
“We have learned to love ourselves, so I urge you to speak yourself. I like to ask all of you ‘What is your name? What excites you and make your heart beat? Tell me your story.’ I want to hear your voice. I want to hear your conviction. No matter who you are, where you’re from, your skin color, your gender identity, just speak yourself. Find your name and find your voice by speaking yourself.”
They also filled their New York stay by stopping at GMA and The Tonight Show where they continued the conversation about their new campaign as well as preforming songs off their latest album, Love Yourself: Answer.
BTS will wrap up the North American set of our dates on October 6th at their historic first stadium concert at Citi Field.