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Media Smart Citizens: Freedom of Expression

Freedom of Expression

Video PlaceholderAmerican society was shaped by individuals who spoke the truth supported by the First Amendment. The First Amendment applies to every citizen and person living in America. You have the freedom to practice religion, speak opinion, gather with others, raise issues to the government, and consume news media. As American society evolves, the First Amendment is updated to support freedom of expression.

Public access to information empowers us to form opinions and exercise freedom of speech. Explore The New York Public Library's collection of books, databases, and credible online resources on the freedom of expression.

"Freedom of Expression" is episode one of “Express Your Power”, a four-part, nationally-recognized media and information literacy learning video series produced by Media Smart Citizens in partnership with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) of The New York Public Library.

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Mixed race group of children carrying a sign:

Mixed race group of children carrying a sign: "No Child is Free Until ALL are Free," circa the late 1950s

Activist Daisy Bates picketing with a placard:

Daisy Bates takes a walk - Activist Daisy Bates picketing with a placard:
"Jailing our youth will not solve the problem in Little Rock. We are only asking for full citizenship rights"

Marsha P. Johnson pickets Bellevue Hospital to protest treatment of street people and gays

Marsha P. Johnson pickets Bellevue Hospital to protest the treatment of street people and gays

New York University Weinstein Hall demonstration

New York University Weinstein Hall demonstration

Live From NYPL - Raised Voices: Classic Speeches from Feminist Pioneers

On the eve of a historic inauguration, contemporary activists, actors, and writers read speeches from past generations of BIPOC activists that demonstrate the enduring power of citizenship, the ongoing struggle for equality, and the value of a vote. To learn about the speakers in this video and their selections, please visit the event webpage.

LIVE from NYPL is made possible by the support of Library patrons and friends, as well as by the continuing generosity of Celeste Bartos, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos, and the Margaret and Herman Sokol Public Education Endowment Fund.

Video premiered January 19, 2021.

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