In just over two minutes President Abraham Lincoln reiterated the principles of human equality that echo throughout the Declaration of Independence and declared the Civil War a "new birth of freedom." The Gettysburg Address is said to be the most powerful speech in American history and it lives on today, in part as a tool in the arsenal to educate students at the Greenwood School, an institution for 11-17 year-old boys who all face a range of complex learning differences and now as a Ken Burns documentary, "The Address."
President Lincoln's historic words motivate and engage these students a century and a half after the speech that would go on to embolden the Union cause with some of the most stirring words ever spoken. As Greenwood students are challenged to memorize, practice and present a public recitation of the Gettysburg Address, they use his momentous words to overcome diversity, inspired by the rich history of American freedom and sacrifice embedded in one of the most important declarations ever made, said officials.
Stewart Miller, headmaster of the Greenwood School, will be online for the screening experience Thursday, at 4 p.m. Jean-Marie Lawrence, chair of the Mayor's Council on Disability and former Miss Wheelchair Tennessee will also join educators and advocates via webcam and chat during this screening. Audience members can interact with each other and the panelists and moderators.
Visit https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/blzzh to sign in. Participants can create a free account or sign in anonymously. Students over 12 years old can create their own free accounts.
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