100 year old war widow describes how her husband died fighting the Nazis to protect our freedom to read the books we want. - WPTV
"I was born the year after women got the right to vote. My first husband was killed in action in World War II. He died for freedom. Freedom is so important. One of the freedoms that the Nazis crushed was the freedom to read the books that they banned," said Grace Linn at the Martin County School Board hearing. "History will repeat itself if you don't know history. History needs to be told, and everyone needs to know what went on in the past."
Her fear is that, as books are taken off the shelves, the life lessons they possess are taken along with them. "Banning books and burning books are the same. Both are done for the same reason — fear of knowledge." - WPTV
How do you amplify an important message so it can be seen across different forms of media? This blog explains how Grace's two minute video from Twitter was converted it into a YouTube video, transcribed it and converted into a free teleprompter script for others to learn and amplify. "Everyone needs to know what went on in the past".
Grace Linn on Freedom
“I am Grace Linn. I am a hundred year’s young. I'm here to protest Martin School District’s Book Banning policy.
My husband Robert Nichol was killed in action in World War II at a very young age. He was only 26 defending our democracy, constitution and freedoms.
One of the freedoms that the Nazis crushed was the freedom to read the books they banned.
They stopped the Free Press. Banned and burned books.
The freedom to read which is protected by the First Amendment is our essential right and duty of our democracy.
Even so it is continually under attack by both the public and private groups who think they hold the truth.
In response to the book banning throughout our country and Martin County last year during the time I was 99, I have created this quilt. To remind all of us that these few of so many more books that are banned or targeted need to be proudly displayed and protected. And read if you choose to.
Banned books and burning books are the same.
Both are done for the same reason.
Fear of knowledge.
Fear is not freedom.
Fear is not Liberty.
Fear is control.
My husband died as a father of freedom. I am a mother of Liberty. Banned books need to be proudly displayed and protected from school boards like this one.” - Grace Linn
History will repeat itself if you don't know history
This is how we re-packaged her message with free apps into different forms so it is easier to understand and amplify.
Use the free TWSAVER app to download videos from Twitter
This video was uploaded to YouTube
Use the automatic "See Transcript" feature of YouTube to get a copy of the script
This script was uploaded to Google Drive
The script was also converted into a GIF with the free ezGIF app
The script was imported into the BigStage Teleprompter app
A link to Grace's video testimony was added as a TAG. This lets you watch her testimony, read the script and practice delivering her message in your own words. The script and the teleprompter app can be shared freely as a link or QR Code. The teleprompter app can be used on a phone, tablet or laptop. Learn more here.
History repeats itself if you don't learn from it
But because she won't be around forever, she said she's making it her mission to ensure lessons learned in the past won't be forgotten. Her fear is that, as books are taken off the shelves, the life lessons they possess are taken along with them.
"One of the freedoms that the Nazis crushed was the freedom to read the books that they banned," Linn said. "History will repeat itself if you don't know history. History needs to be told, and everyone needs to know what went on in the past."
In one Florida school district, libraries have removed books some written by very familiar names. Martin County schools remove over 80 book titles.
Author James Patterson, Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison and best-selling young-adult novelist Jodi Picoult are some of the writers whose works were among more than 80 book titles removed from the Martin County School District's middle and high schools last month.
TakeAway: Listen to Grace Linn: Fight for the freedom to read and learn the truth.
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