Images of Liberty Today - Classroom Discussion

A female pashtun displays her inked finger to show she voted in Afghanistan.

If you could choose or draw an image to represent liberty and freedom today, which would you choose, and why?

When Thomas Jefferson wrote, "the boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave," he understood the pursuit of liberty would be lively, challenging, and constantly evolving.

Spark a discussion about liberty, freedom, and self-government in your classrooms!  Invite students to share their ideas and perspectives on what liberty means today and how it's changed since Jefferson wrote about "life, liberty, and the pusuit of happiness" in the Declaration of Independence.

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Listening to the news coverage of today's 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream speech," I'm thinking I'd choose a collage of photos from the 1963 rally and photos from today's 2013 commemoration and celebration. I love that Dr. King quoted the Declaration of Independence and called it a promissory note!

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