National Freedom Day is a holiday that is celebrated in the United States. This should be no surprise to us Americans that we would have a day dedicated to celebrating freedom.
According to the United States Library of Congress, this day is set aside as a reminder to all of us that the United States is a nation dedicated to the ideal of freedom. It is a day to “promote good feelings, harmony and equal opportunity among all citizens.” However, what is freedom and how do we celebrate it? Well, according to a website dedicated to teaching grade school children about this holiday; it can be celebrated in many ways. For example,one could read about civil rights heroes such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Susan B. Anthony, find out what countries still allow slavery or where illegal slavery is prominent and get the word out so people know what is going on, memorize all the amendments to the Constitution, and finally make a poster showing what freedom means to you. On this note, I’d like to end this blog by asking you two question, “what is freedom and does it exist?"
If you'd like more information, check out some of the resources from our library listed below:
Smith, P., Ralph, J. R., LaFayette, B., & Finley, M. L. (2016). The Chicago Freedom Movement : Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights activism in the North. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky.
Bynum, T. L. (2013). NAACP youth and the fight for black freedom, 1936–1965. Knoxville: Univ Tennessee Press.
Berman, A. (2015). Give us the ballot : the modern struggle for voting rights in America. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
Call number: 324.6 B456 2015
Haugen, D. M., Musser, S., & Chaney, M. (2014). American values. Farmington Hills, Mich. : Greenhaven Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning.
Call number: 306 Am359 2014