Morgan Freeman and the Declaration of Independence

Just in time for the 4th of July (otherwise known as Independence Day) . . . Morgan Freeman and other Hollywood stars read the Declaration of Independence aloud. To tell the truth I couldn't listen to the whole thing, but Freeman's opening comments are inspiring as fireworks in their own way.

It's worth remembering that this document was extraordinary and revolutionary for its time, declaring for one of the first times both that people have natural rights, and that a colony can break itself free. Click here for the video.

Comments (4)

  • The Declaration of Independence was written on a single sheet of paper. The
    fact that you "couldn't listen to the whole thing" speaks volumes about your
    value system. If you did not recognize at the outset that what you were
    hearing was probably the most elegant statement ever written about personal
    freedoms and liberty, I am truly sorry for you.

    I expected better of the Blue Avocado.

    Jun 28, 2011
  • Thanks for the wake-up call, Ed. I love the preamble and the end, but I did get bogged down in the list of King George's crimes. It does say a lot about my short attention span particularly with videos. I hope you will continue to expect high things of Blue Avocado, if not from me. Jan

    Jun 28, 2011
  • Anonymous

    Our community hosts a reading of the declaration each year on the fourth of July, and it is one of the most moving experiences I have had. Fireworks are glitzy and pretty, but being moved by the core values of your country will stay with you longer and have a lasting effect on the way you conduct your life.

    Jun 29, 2011
  • Anonymous

    There's nothing wrong with him not listening to the whole thing as long as he got the main point, right Jan?

    Nov 25, 2011

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