Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Artists Give Freedom to Speech - Free Speech Art Cafe

Artists Give Freedom to Speech
By Pooja Yadav Posted: 03/30/2009
The Emory Wheel
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” said Voltaire, whose powerful quote is resounded by millions of free speech activists, including Martin Luther King Jr., Bob Marley and Nelson Mandela, who fought for a better world. Last week, Emory students gathered to explore these heroes and their words, using their art, songs and poetry to convey the issues they felt passionate about in their own lives.

The Free Speech Art Café, hosted by the Center for Ethics last Monday, exhibited student art and performances that undertook the idea of free speech. Despite being the first café sponsored by the Center, there was a strong audience turnout that packed a room with more than 75 people, prompting the organizers to continuously bring in more chairs.

Carlton Mackey, the organizer and director of the Ethics and Servant Leadership program, was especially enthusiastic about the students’ artistic submissions and performances, which had allowed the event to take place.

“Originally there was supposed to be a lecture on freedom of speech, but I wanted to give students the chance to express themselves,” said Mackey......

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