Today, in celebration of the 220th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, students are being encouraged to share via social media how they enjoy their right to free expression.
Through midnight tonight, students ages 14 to 22 who creatively tweet their appreciation for the First Amendment using the hashtag #FreeToTweet will automatically be entered into a nationwide scholarship competition.
The Knight-funded scholarships (there are 22 of them - one for every decade since the Bill of Rights’ ratification) are worth $5,000 each.
Several celebrities will also voice their support for the First Amendment and will be encouraging their followers to be #FreeToTweet. They include Ke$ha, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Heart and Wynonna Judd.
Ken Paulson, president and chief executive officer of the First Amendment Center, wrote an editorial about the importance of honoring the Bill of Rights titled “The holiday that got away”. He writes: