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First Five Now: ‘Raise Your Voice’
October 8, 2020 @ 3:00 pm EDTFree
First Five Now presents a panel discussion centered around the new documentary, “Raise Your Voice,” which follows the student journalists at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School navigating their school’s mass shooting as both survivors and journalists.
The documentary explores youth free-speech history in America, connecting the Parkland, Fla., students to a broader story about young citizens exercising their First Amendment rights and participating in our democracy even before they are old enough to vote.
As the film points out, empowering youth voices to speak out is particularly important in an election year, as the adults in their lives carry their perspectives with them into the voting booth.
- Maribeth Romslo, director, cinematographer, editor and executive producer, “Raise Your Voice;”
- Rebecca Schneid, former editor-in-chief, The Eagle Eye at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School;
- Mary Beth Tinker, American free speech activist known for her role in the 1969 Supreme Court case, Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, which set a precedent for students’ rights to free speech in schools.
This program will premiere Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. EDT on our YouTube channel.
Register here for free access to the film, which can be screened any time between Tuesday Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 9.
First Five Now is a Freedom Forum conversation that explores topical issues and features current newsmakers who are using the five freedoms of the First Amendment to guide their work.