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Virtual Event

Re: American Freedoms

Saturday, July 4

The Declaration of Independence is one of the founding documents that shaped American society, professing equality and access to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. However, these unalienable rights outlined in the document and the presumption of equality have not extended to all.

Join the Chicago History Museum and Chicago civic leaders for their reflections on this history and its undeniable impact on the current social climate and the continued struggles for equality and inclusion. This virtual event is organized into two sections: “We the People: Chicago Responds” and “Fwd: Arts in Action.” Each section features civic leaders from prominent organizations offering their words of encouragement, inspiration, action, and agency for the present.

Watch this livestreamed event on this page and on the Museum’s social media platforms and share your thoughts on American freedoms.

WATCH | We the People: Chicago Responds

WATCH | FWD: Arts in Action

Presenters for We the People: Chicago Responds


Gary T. Johnson, Edgar D. and Deborah R. Jannotta president, Chicago History Museum





Lori Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago




Eboo Patel, Interfaith Youth Core founder and president and CHM trustee emeritus




Laura Washington, Chicago Sun-Times columnist and ABC-7 Chicago political analyst



Jahmal Cole, My Block, My Hood, My City founder and CEO

Linda Tortolero, Las Mujeres Latinas en Accion president and CEO



Presenters for Fwd: Arts in Action


Young Chicago Authors



Mikva Challenge



Kuumba Lynx





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4 th

10:00–11:00 a.m.

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CHM's social media channels

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