Thanks, all of you Free to Tweeters!

Monday, December 19, 2011

The 1 for All campaign, the Knight Foundation and the First Amendment Center would like to thank the 17,000-plus Americans who tweeted and e-mailed their support and appreciation for Bill of Rights Day on Dec. 15.

“Free to Tweet,” an online promotional effort to raise awareness of the core freedoms in the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, took place on the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, Dec. 15, 1791.

“Bill of Rights Day 2011 was truly special, a first step in revitalizing a holiday established by President Roosevelt in 1941, but largely uncelebrated since then,” said Ken Paulson, president of the First Amendment Center and the American Society of News Editors, two of the organizations that organized and promoted Free to Tweet.

“It was inspiring to see the contributions of thousands of young Americans who spoke up for the First Amendment and our most fundamental freedoms.”

Students ages 14-22 were eligible to win 22 $5,000 scholarships. Contest winners will be announced in early 2012.

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