I’ve got freedom on my mind lately. One reason is that Juneteenth – on Saturday, June 19, 2010 – is upon us and I take time to reflect upon the impact of slavery on our history and its continued impact on our society.
FreedomTweet 2010 is an event on Twitter meant to bring unified voices in celebration of freedom. Freedom from domination by one person, one race, one government. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to protest, freedom to act.
And as I mark June 19th as a day of freedom, I often think about ways in which I am thankful for having certain freedoms in my life and never, never taking them for granted. One of the biggest for me as a blogger is the freedom of speech.
It is this freedom that allows me to speak my mind without fear of governmental retribution. A freedom to talk the talk but responsibility to walk the walk. A freedom to reach out to others and to try and build community.
How Will You Celebrate Freedom?
I ask all my genealogy blogging colleagues who inhabit the twittersvere to consider joining in FreedomTweet. Between now and June 19, 2010 tweet about freedom and use the hash tag #freedomtweet. Tell us what freedom means to you. Include links to blog posts about freedom, links to music that means freedom, links to photos of freedom.
One of my first tweets involves a song from Nina Simone entitled “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”: @geneabloggers: “Freedom is blasting the sweet soul voice of Nina Simone #FreedomTweet” ♫ http://blip.fm/~rq9sk
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