Newseum Hosts Free-Speech Soapbox on the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta

Free-Speech Soapbox

On Monday, June 15, the Newseum and the Newseum Institute will commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta by giving visitors and pedestrians the opportunity to “take a minute” to exercise their right to free speech.
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The Magna Carta

Magna Carta

In 1215, rebellious noblemen forced King John of England to approve the Magna Carta (Great Charter). Although commoners gained little, the document guaranteed feudal rights to the aristocracy — a small but important move toward equality — and fostered the concept of the freedom to “speak truth to power.”
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