Free Expression Contest

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

November 14, 2006

Speak, and be heard while raising awareness on the arts. The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression is helping some people do just that.

Hundreds of people around Charlottesville entered a poetry and song-writing contest focusing on the freedom of speech. The Thomas Jefferson Center picked ten finalists from each category, and allowed the poets to write theirs on the freedom of speech monument downtown.

"Promoting the arts is actually a great way to protect free expression because the arts reminds us on an emotional level the benefits of free expression. Sometimes we too often forget when we are confronted with speech we don't like," said Josh Wheeler of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression.

The finalists will perform their songs and read their poems at Starr Hill to be judged by Boyd Tinsley and Rita Dove.

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