Black History Month is, among many other things, a time to reflect on the civil rights movement.

As David L. Hudson Jr. writes in this First Amendment Encyclopedia article, “The First Amendment proved to be a crucial tool for the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s, as ministers preached, protesters marched, organizations litigated, advocates petitioned, and the press reported on racial discrimination.”

The guaranteed freedoms of the First Amendment — speech, press, religious liberty, assembly and petition — work for all of us, and allow all of us to work for a better society.

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