Let us commence this 4th of July with a tune! Click on the url beneath for Reina del Cid’s powerful adaptation of “My Nation ‘Tis of Thee.”
Those people of you who are in NYC and have no programs in the incredibly close to upcoming can be a part of me at this march in Brooklyn at 5 PM right now.
Not in New York City or in any other case not readily available? Never stress! I have a week’s really worth of activism possibilities for folks in NYC and across the nation in my latest Indivisible Activate NYC publication.
On the instructional entrance, there is no time like the existing to examine (or re-examine) the well-known 4th of July speech by statesman/orator/abolitionist Frederick Douglass. If you’re much more of a listener than a reader, you’re in luck, mainly because you can listen to James Earl Jones browse it.
Each time I re-read through this speech myself, one particular factor of it usually hits me in another way than the very last time, relying on present-day occasions. Today it is this passage:
There are seventy-two crimes in the Point out of Virginia, which, if committed by a black man, (no matter how ignorant he be), subject him to the punishment of dying when only two of the same crimes will subject matter a white man to the like punishment.
How very little has adjusted, and how hard we will have to fight! But do not despair. As Coretta Scott King said, “Freedom is under no circumstances genuinely gained. You make it and earn it in each individual technology.” Let’s get.