#CelebratewithDE – National Freedom Day

Based on the dedicated action of Richard Wright, an American citizen and former slave, National Freedom Day was established in 1948 to celebrate the spirit of freedom on which the United States of America was founded. Encourage your students to understand and celebrate the freedoms afforded to citizens of the U.S. on February 1, using Discovery Education resources that are focused on freedom.

Holidays and Special Days:
National Freedom Day

Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook

Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Reports on the significance, origins, and celebration of National Freedom Day in the United States, and includes a video quiz that contains multiple-choice questions pertaining to the program. This video provides a good overview of the holiday and introduction to discussion.


Recommended Freedom-related Content
for Secondary School

We have selected grade-band appropriate videos that highlight people and programs that focus on stories of freedom. Watch one or more of the videos and ask students what specific aspects of these stories elevated the featured person to the status of Freedom Hero.

 

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Content Collection

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Its purpose is to tell the story of the struggle for freedom in the United States through exhibits and programs that focus on America’s battle to rid itself of the ugly scourge of slavery and treat all its citizens with respect and dignity. Note: This collection includes a segment with Representative John Lewis, an important figure in the national news today.

 

Freedom Hero: Arnice Smith
Discovery Education Streaming

Grades 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Arnice Smith shares her story of struggling with learning how to read. Thanks to a teacher named Ms. Rice, Arnice is now a children’s librarian. She strives to reach children and teach them the importance of reading and hopes that she makes reading exciting and fun. Arnice works hard as a librarian because she knows that reading is freedom.

 

Freedom Hero: Craig Kielburger
Discovery Education Streaming

Grades 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Craig Kielburger talks about his foundation, Free the Children, an organization where schools and children work together to end child slave labor in other countries.

 

Freedom Hero: Gillian Caldwell
Discovery Education Streaming

Grades 9-12, Full Video

Freedom Hero Gillian Caldwell talks about her work with Witness, a program that provides video cameras to civilians involved with human trafficking in other countries.

 

Freedom Hero: Jean Robert Cadet
Discovery Education Streaming

Grades 9-12, Full Video

Freedom Hero Jean Robert Cadet shares the story of his past. Jean Robert Cadet grew up in Haiti as a Restavec, a child slave. Today he works with the Restavec Foundation to expose the child slavery in a country closely connected to the United States.


Recommended Freedom-related Videos
for Elementary School

 

Freedom for Slaves (Spanish Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, Video Segment

Abe and Mary Lincoln visit plantation slaves, and then Lincoln frees all the slaves.

 

Harriet Tubman Leads Other Slaves to Freedom
Discovery Education Streaming

Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, Video Segment

Harriet Tubman risks her own freedom to help others escape from slavery along the Underground Railroad.

 

Spotlight on Strategies: Talking Sticks
All Services

Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Instructional Strategy

This strategy provides students with an equitable structure for group discussion. Students in groups use the talking stick to designate a speaker for an established amount of time. Use the talking stick to help guide student discussion about freedom: why it’s important, what it means to different people, and who has fought for it.

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