“The declaration brings to light the incandescent magic of human politics – the fact that it’s possible for people with ideas, conversation and decision-making committees both formal and informal to weave together an agreement that can define our common life.” – Danielle Allen
As we approach the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, and in celebration of the Smithsonian exhibit “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America,” we’ll host a conversation about what Harvard constitutional scholar Danielle Allen calls “the heart of the declaration” — equality and freedom. While many think the declaration argues that freedom and equality are opposed, Allen argues that equality is in fact the bedrock of freedom.
Potential panelists: This topic works well in association with a book club that you host ahead of the opening of the exhibit that read Allen’s book (or another one like Jon Meacham’s “Soul of America;” happy to make recommendations) — book group participants could even make great panelists to lead the discussion. A cool clergy member and a gay rights activist can actually do this program together if you’re willing to do the prep-work with me – see and listen to an example of this program here: https://tlh.villagesquare.us/event/breathing-free/