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About Free Speech Week

Free Speech: The Language of America®

Created in 2005 and originally called National Freedom of Speech Week, Free Speech Week (FSW) takes place the third week of October annually. It’s purpose is to raise public awareness of the importance of freedom of speech and of a free press in our democracy – and to celebrate that freedom. This non-partisan, non-ideological event is intended to be a unifying celebration.

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Become a Partnering Organization

Free speech is priceless, and so is becoming a Partnering Organization.

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Partnering Organization Registration

Registration is easy, and takes just a few moments.

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We encourage Partnering Organizations to use the FSW logo as they wish.

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2018 Partnering Organizations

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Download, upload, post, tweet, print and show the world you love free speech with our social media badge.

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Find a Lesson Plan

Some of the most important lessons take place in the classroom.

For educators elementary through high school, we have compiled a list of some of our favorite freedom of speech and freedom of the press lesson plans from around the web.

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Free Speech and Freedom of the Press Quotes

Sometimes you just couldn't have said it any better.

Here are some historical and famous free speech and press freedom quotes to inspire in modern times.

Famous Quotes

Activities in the Spotlight

On October 24 television journalist Chris Wallace will be awarded the Freedom of Speech award at The Media Institutes' 'Free Speech America' Gala.

During his career, Mr. Wallace has participated in nearly every major political event, and has conducted many high profile interviews with dignitaries and U.S. leaders, including President Donald Trump and President Barack Obama.

Activities in the Spotlight

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

– First Amendment to the United States Constitution