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What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? by Frederick Douglass

Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? 685 more words

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Happy Birthday, America…

Today is the ‘birthday’ of the United States of America, a nation founded on the ideas of liberty, if not yet well-versed on the practical side of those ideas. 167 more words

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Happy Birthday…

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. 237 more words

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Happy Birthday…

As the news of friends spying on friends ratchets up a notch (or a billion), it seems rather disingenuous that nations are reacting with calculated anger. 291 more words

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An Appreciation: Gunther Schuller

By Don Heckman

I was so sorry to hear that Gunther Schuller had passed away on Sunday. A composer, teacher, world-class French Horn player, journalist, author, and much more, he was a true Renaissance man who had a powerful effect on music, worldwide, from the last part of the 20th century and well into the new millennium. 86 more words

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James Horner, 1953-2015

I’ve just learned of the terribly sad news of the loss of James Horner.

I don’t know how any of the rest of you feel, but the addition of a well-done film score has lifted, for me, many a mediocre film into the realm of memorable, or even beloved. 145 more words

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Happy Birthday…

Today we remember the birthday of another of my favorites – Dorothy L. Sayers.
Sayers was one of the first women to be awarded a degree from Oxford, and a frequent correspondent with CS Lewis. 233 more words

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