What is Freedom? What is Slavery?
Freedom and Slavery
"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."
-- Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail
I see this image as representing freedom to me because music is a way for me to express myself. Through music, I have the freedom to explore my creativity and come up with original thoughts and express emotions. When I am playing and composing, I choose and interpret rather than having a fixed form or set of guidelines to follow.
Aaron F., Los Angeles
This image represents freedom to me because it shows our freedom to education. Unlike many other teenagers in this world, I have the right to learn and study whatever interests me. This gives me freedom to knowledge, which, in my opinion, is one of the most valuable attributes one can have.
Yonit R, Los Angeles
This quote by American Civil Rights hero, Dr. King Jr., reminds me of how difficult it was for the Israelites to be liberated from Egypt. When we or our neighbors don't have full freedom, it will not come easily, but will be a long, difficult process, and we have to outstretch our own arms.
Noa R., Los Angeles
I chose pictures of my friend and I playing music at a senior home in Los Angeles. To me, music represents freedom because it lets me escape from myself into somewhere else entirely. When we play older songs for our senior guests, it's amazing to see the transformative experience they go through as the music takes them to another time.
Elle M., Los Angeles
This picture shows both freedom and slavery. This picture portrays the idea of slavery because of the cage in the background. The cage represents the past state of the birds and how they were trapped inside a small cage unable to escape. But this picture also conveys the idea of freedom because the birds are flying away from the past into freedom and into a place where they can do anything they like.