July 4th Reflections

Today, on July 4th, I’m reflecting on the U.S. Its remarkable accomplishments and its struggles, its contributions to society and the world and where we still needs to go.

Amid the celebrations of July 4th and the acknowledgements of where we still have to go, I wanted to share these quotes.

May we be grateful for all that our country has to offer us, and may we continue to fight for equality, equity, and dignity for all.

“Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.” – James Bryce

“Freedom is never granted. It is earned by each generation.” — Hillary Clinton

“So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snow capped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” – William Faulkner