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. Its 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.


Become a Partnering Organization

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


Partnering Organization Registration

Registration is easy, and takes just a few moments.


Download the FSW Logo

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



231 years ago, Congress passed the #FirstAmendment to the U.S. Constitution 🙌 - rights that have never been more important than they are today. Celebrate #1A!

"Like many journalists covering the tense demonstrations, @eddybinfordross has faced serious threats... But Eddy may be the only front-line reporter regularly risking her safety to write for a high school newspaper." https://wapo.st/32OLqDK

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Because #freedomspeaks!

Find a Lesson Plan

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.

Famous Quotes

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.

Past Select Activities

Select Past Activities
In 2018, to honor Free Speech Week, the City Club of Cleveland commissioned three original murals by local artists for it's "Free Speech Mural Project." These murals were subsequently installed throughout the city to invite Clevelanders to consider the role free speech plays in their civic landscape.

“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