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4th Annual Echoes of the Civil Rights Movement Speech Competition

Feb 17, 2021

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4th Annual Echoes of the Civil Rights Movement Speech Competition

February 17

CGS students participate in celebrating our First Amendment right to Freedom of Speech.   They select a quote.  They write and present a speech explaining why their chosen quote is still relevant and important today and how it applies to them personally. Prizes are awarded!

It’s always amazing to hear about justice and fairness from our kids. We are blown away every year by the beauty of their words. Parents will be able to join the audience this year via Zoom. This year’s quotes are as follows:

True peace is not merely the absence of war.  It is the presence of justice. — Jane Addams

First, they ignore you.  Then they laugh at you.  Then they fight you.  Then you win.  — Mahatma Gandhi

So that’s the dissenter’s hope: that they are writing not for today but for tomorrow.  — Ruth Bader Ginsburg

It is not our differences that divide us.  It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. — Audre Lord

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. — Thomas Jefferson


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