Indepence Day 2017

In the United States, we refer to the 4th of July is referred to as our Independence Day.  A federal holiday, it commemorates the Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Continental Congress, on July 4, 1776, thereby declaring that the thirteen American colonies was a new nation, the United States of America.  No longer would the colonials under the British empire control.

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

I thank those who fought for freedom!

As a presidential proclamation and executive order, the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863.  It effectively freed more than 3 million enslaved people in the South.  Eventually it liberated all the slaves.  The announcement was made in Texas on June 19, 1865, commonly referred to as Juneteenth, or Freedom Day.  No longer would Negros be under the slave owners’ control.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. – Abraham Lincoln

I thank those who fought for freedom!

For generations, immigrants to this land we now call the United States of America, have come from various parts of the world, starting before the 1400s.  People have come to America, often, running from persecution, for a better life.  America has welcomed millions to the “melting pot” of the world.  While I am conscious of our safety, we should not close our doors of opportunity to others, just because we do not agree with their beliefs, just as we should not discriminate against American-born citizens who practice a different lifestyle.  America is a nation of immigrants!

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.  Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! – Emma Lazarus

I thank those who fought for freedom!

Still on the theme of freedom, I honor the educators who work with students to free their minds from limited knowledge and skills. Teachers help students open their minds and thoughts to analyze and synthesize a better school, community, city, state, nation, and world. Educators are the freedom fighters in schools, helping students acquire more knowledge, develop greater skills, expand their imagination of a better society.  Thank you!

My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants.  We were strangers once, too.  What makes us Americans is our shared commitment to an ideal, that all of us are created equal, and all of us have the chance to make our lives what we will. – Barack Obama

I thank those who are fighting for freedom!

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Independence Day is a time to celebrate. Today, I celebrate being an American, and the freedom we have.  God Bless America!


About Lew Blackburn

Dr. Lew Blackburn represents District 5 on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees.