EXPRESSIONS OF FREEDOM

June 6th in history:

American orator Patrick Henry is famous for saying “Give me liberty or give me death!” in 1775. Henry achieved liberty long before his death, on this date in 1799.

Another Founding Father who led the fight for liberty in America was John Adams, the subject of a 2008 mini-series, starring Paul Giamatti as Adams.  Giamatti, born June 6th, 1967, won an Emmy award for “John Adams,” and received an Oscar nomination for “Cinderella Man.

James Meredith was shot and wounded while leading a civil rights march through Mississippi on June 6th, 1966.

Runner Tommie Smith won the gold in the 200-meter dash at the 1968 Summer Olympics, and then chose to give a “Black Power” salute during the medal ceremony, for which he was suspended from the U.S team. Smith was born on June 6th, 1944 – the day of the Allied D-Day invasion to liberate Europe.

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