Over the years of our nation’s history, the United States has undergone profound changes and struggles in this grand experiment in freedom. Our nation was founded on the principles of individual liberty, limited government, representation, and the rule of law by men who saw the people as the ultimate depository of authority for their own human governance.
Overtime our nation has been forced to come to terms with the various institutionalized inequalities that have beset us throughout history, and time and again a few have rallied to the cause of freedom and equal opportunity to right those wrongs. On this 235th Anniversary of our nation’s independence, I hope that you will join me in celebrating not only our nation’s embracing of liberty and independence but all those who have preceded us in our ongoing journey for freedom.
From the founding fathers such as Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, John Adams and the North Carolina delegation to the Continental Congress, William Hooper, Joseph Hewes and John Penn all who gave up more than we can know for our freedom. To the men and women across our nation’s history such as Fredrick Douglass who fought to end slavery, Dr. Martin Luther King who fought for equal rights, and Alice Paul and Lucy Burns who bravely fought for the woman’s right to vote.
These men and women deserve our respect and appreciation for their diligence and devotion to liberty, freedom and a hope for equal opportunity. Their devotion to each individual’s independence as a continuation of that independence from the chains of a foreign power is the heritage that is America, and a heritage that we must continue.
As we remember their sacrifices and their work, and our nation’s declaration that “all men and created equal,” let us be grateful. Nevertheless, let us not forget that their work must go on, and that we must continue their legacy of fighting for freedom and liberty for all. I see no better way to honor their sacrifices than to continue their struggle.
The Board of Directors of Free the Vote North Carolina and I wish you a Happy Independence Day. Please take the time to pick up a copy of the Declaration of Independence today and reading its proclamation of liberty and independence.
For Liberty’ Sake,
Jordon M. Greene
President & Founder
Free the Vote North Carolina