America is known as the land of freedom. And its Independence Day is the country and its functionaries have dedicated to celebrating freedom globally. Some parts of America’s history have been problematic, and the long struggle for equal rights for all citizens has confirmed that freedom is inherent in American values. Analytically, freedom is at the heart of the nation’s aspirations, everyone in America has the ability to speak, worship, make decisions for themselves, and protest peacefully without any government interference.
Although freedom in America means that people can express themselves as they please, so long as their actions do not infringe on another person’s freedom, recent protests in America have displayed “a more perfect union.”
Whatever the cause has been, it has served as a platform for America’s activists to improve democracy in the world’s most advanced nation. The collective, courageous action we are now seeing everywhere in America aims to preserve civil liberties and justice for all citizens. In that sense, it is inspiring to witness that successive generations of Americans have endeavored to shape the future of the republic.
As a result of this background the One Minute Academy and the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State is hosting a special virtual event – Let Freedom Ring – celebrating the fact that freedom is inherent in American values and that freedom is at the heart of the nation’s aspirations.
The live broadcast is billed to feature Global DJ’s, Music & Commentary such as Maria de Barros (Cabo Verde), Leon Mobley (USA), Muthoni Drummer Queen (Kenya), and Songhoy Blues (Mali). The event will be hosted by DJ Mo Laudi, the legendary, trail blazing DJ and MC from South African and Claude Grunitzky is the founder of TRACE Africa.
The event is meant for the African artists and citizens being featured to share what freedom means to them and share their own experiences on cultural exchanges. And the event will seek to inform young Africans about our role in promoting peace, freedom and equal rights for development.
In a message by the Special Coordinator for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) at the US State Department in Washington, she quoted Nelson Mandela that, “To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
She said, there is still a lot of work to be done on the continent and abroad to achieve and maintain true freedom. She further stated that, she is confident that Americans, YALI alumni and Network members will continue to speak out for justice whether home or abroad. She concluded that, “together, we can change this world for the better”.
The Independence Day Live Broadcast is on Saturday 4th July 2020, holding between 2-6GMT on the following platforms
There will also be a shared broadcast on YALI TV’s official streaming site and Facebook page, with a later rebroadcast.
Don’t miss this informative program.
Stephen Selasie Asuo
(General Manager, YALI TV)
Credit: LetFreedomRing.tv, One Minute Media, YALI Network and US State Department.
The writer is a project management, sustainable development and communication consultant based in Ghana West Africa. He is aspiring to be one of Africa’s top media entrepreneurs.