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Learning Community: Free speech: The power, the promise, the principle (Worthington/Brown)


Welcome to your research guide! This guide was set up to help with your research projects in HST114 with Professor Worthington and COM101 with Professor Brown. Your Service Learning Project will produce three speeches for COM101 and a research paper for HST114. The resources on this guide will help you with both projects. 

Free speech: The power, the promise, the principle

According to the Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law, the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to free speech in the First Amendment. This law covers what an individual says, what they right, and to form clubs.

John Lewis (left) exercised his right to free speech during the Civil Rights  movement as a member of the student action group SNCC and as a Congressman from the state of Georgia to the US House of Representatives. 

Before his death in July of 2020, Lewis was jailed numerous times for exercising his right to free speech and assembly in fighting draconian southern laws that denied access to the polls, civil liberties, and more.

In 1963 John Lewis spoke alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., during the March on Washington.