Freedom in the U.S.A.
Freedom is a wonderful concept. It is universally celebrated. People struggle, fight and die for it. But what is it exactly? In his 1941 address to Congress, Franklin D. Roosevelt articulated his vision of a world founded upon four essential freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear. Today, are we any nearer to realizing those goals? Skewed ideas of political correctness seem to set limits on what can and cannot be said. Christian fundamentalists want to impose their doctrines on others. As poverty and violence increase, freedom from want and fear seem remote. In this stirring lecture on freedom, Professor Jordan is introduced by noted South African poet and writer Dennis Brutus.
June Jordan, an award-winning poet, essayist and critic, was born in Harlem to parents who were immigrants from the West Indies. She was professor of African American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where she was the founder and Director of the Poetry for the People program. Described as “the most published African American in history,” she wrote numerous books including Technical Difficulties, Naming Our Destiny, Affirmative Acts, Poetry for the People, Haruko/Love Poems, and Soldier, a memoir of her childhood. She died in 2002.