Explore the First Amendment Freedom to Assemble

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March on Washington 2020

On Aug. 28, people gathered in person and online across the country for The Commitment March, held on the 57th anniversary of the historic March on Washington.

 

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Democracy: Some Assembly Required.

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The Power of Assembly: Know Your Rights

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The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for change.

To explore the powers of this First Amendment freedom, the Freedom Forum offers historic lessons, First Amendment insights, downloadable posters and social media filters, plus live and recorded programs with key practitioners of the First Amendment right to peaceably assemble.

Expert Columns


Read our experts’ columns defending your rights to assemble and petition.

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1963 ‘March for Jobs and Freedom:’ A lifetime, life-changing moment in time
By Gene Policinski
The 1963 March on Washington was a once-in-a-lifetime event — and an event for a lifetime.

 

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Current Programs


DeRay Mckesson

Monday, Aug. 17, 2 p.m ET
First Five Live: A Conversation with Activist DeRay Mckesson
Civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson talks about what the First Amendment means to him and how it guides his work.

 
Do You Qualify As An Ally?

Thursday, Aug. 20, 1 p.m ET
Workplace Integrity: Do You Qualify As An Ally? (Especially Now)
The Power Shift Project’s Workplace Integrity webinars provide practical insights for men who want to be allies to women, people of privilege who want to do more to fight inequity and powerful individuals who want to be better advocates for change.

 
Dr. Marquez Ball

Monday, Aug. 24, 12 p.m. ET
Instagram Live: Dr. Marquez Ball
A conversation with Dr. Marquez Ball, the Washington, D.C. Bureau Religious Affairs Liaison for the National Action Network which is organizing the 2020 March on Washington.

 
Trabian Shorters

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 12 p.m. ET
Instagram Live: Trabian Shorters
A conversation with Trabian Shorters, CEO and founder of the BMe Community, a network of innovators, leaders and champions who invest in communities and train leading organizations in matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Rip Patton and Philomena Wankenge

Thursday, Aug. 27, 3 p.m. ET
First Five Live: Freedom Rider Rip Patton and Freedom Fighters DC’s Philomena Wankenge
Former Freedom Rider Ernest “Rip” Patton and Philomena Wankenge, a Black Lives Matter activist and a founder of Freedom Fighters DC, discuss the evolution of civil rights activism and their roles in the movement.

Read a related article by USA TODAY Washington correspondent Deborah Barfield Berry.

 

Watch Past Programs


July 9, 2020
First Five Now: How John Lewis Makes ‘Good Trouble’

Dec. 14, 2016
Civil Rights Superhero: An Evening with John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

July 29, 2013
Media, Memory and the March on Washington

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Dig Deeper: Lessons and Toolkits for Teachers, Parents and Students


Multimedia Course: The Constitution and the Civil Rights Movement

Multimedia Course: The Constitution and the Civil Rights Movement

 
Protest Primer

How–and Why–Americans Exercise Their Right to Assemble

 
The Press and the Civil Rights Movement: Video Lesson

Covering Protest: The Press and the Civil Rights Movement

 
Before and After: Analyzing Turning Points in History

Before and After: Analyzing Turning Points in History

 
Civil Rights Timeline

Explore Significant Dates, People and Events in the Fight for Racial Equality

 

Exploring the Freedoms of Assembly and Petition

 
Make Some Noise

Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement

 

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