Honoring one of Freedom’s Warriors

Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his monumental “I Have a Dream” speech, calling on America to renew its promise of freedom for all its citizens. Freedom and liberty were recurring themes as King recalled instances of police brutality, imprisonment, denial of voting rights, segregation, and denial of services at hotels and restaurants to Black Americans. Time has proven the value of King’s ideas to be monumentally important events in the 20th Century.

We were saddened to see the memory of an unapologetic, legendary warrior for freedom, one whose life was taken less than 5 years after giving his most memorable speech, cheapened by modern statist progressives and their never-ending quest for power. Speakers at the commemoration events gave voice to a number of progressive political agenda items. Repealing stand your ground laws, gun control, the Trayvon Martin case, amnesty, DC Statehood, voter ID laws, and promoting economic equality (not equality of freedom) all found champions at various points in the speaker lists. Freedom did not seem to be such a highly prized goal worthy of striving toward.

Instead of reliving today’s soundbytes or slogging through political pundits’ opinions, we suggest taking a few moments to listen to the ideas and the words of King’s original speech.  The power of his words and ideas are strong enough to speak for themselves, even today.  Though copyrighted some time after his death by representatives of his estate, you can find a copy at the US National Archives.  An audio copy (for the moment) lives on YouTube.

We echo the words spoken by Dr. King 50 years ago today, hoping that people will “not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” and “Let Freedom Ring!”

Photo Credit: Dick DeMarsico, World Telegram staff photographer via Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection

Press Release: Forging Freedom Anthology Now Available for Pre-Order


August 8, 2013


Forging Freedom: An Anthology of Freedoms Imagined, Lost, Found, and Won

Loudoun County, VA—Is freedom the true state of humankind? Or is humanity embroiled in a constant struggle against tyranny and oppression? Thirty-five authors living in seven countries tackle that question in the book Forging Freedom: An Anthology of Freedoms Imagined, Lost, Found, and Won, to be published by Northern Virginia-based Freedom Forge Press on September 17, 2013.

Written by veterans, entrepreneurs, citizens, and writers from all walks of life, the book contains fictional tales of freedoms lost and won, essays on the current state of our freedom, and stories of freedoms imagined in a distant future or whimsical world.

Michelle Malkin, author, blogger, and small business owner, said of the anthology, “The contributors of Forging Freedom come from all walks of life, but are bound by their burning passion for liberty. Read this book. Share these stories with your children. Keep the flame burning!”

Katherine Mangu-Ward, Managing Editor of Reason Magazine, called the anthology, “A fun, fast, and fascinating read for anyone who loves liberty.”
After willingly relinquishing personal freedoms to serve his country while in the US Army, Freedom Forge Press founder Eric Egger noticed a trend of diminishing personal freedoms in civilian life. His call for submissions for the press’s inaugural anthology echo his concern:

  • The one-child policy in China restricting women from making choices about their own bodies
  • Government regulations imposing impediments to would-be entrepreneurs, harming the very people they purport to be helping
  • Citizens choosing safe, mediocre lives controlled by the government rather than taking risks that could lead to innovation, discovery, and a better life for all.

Eric’s submission call also resulted in imagined freedoms—or lack thereof—based in reality, in history, and in a futuristic world:

  • A new mother sacrificing time with her family to help the displaced citizens of the Vietnam conflict
  • A woman not allowed to fight during the Revolutionary War defying etiquette and expectations to save her imprisoned sons
  • A rebel working against the collectivist movement to secure individual rights—and consequences

Today, the government and media seem to choose stories that promote various agendas—none of which seem to be forwarding freedom. Freedom Forge Press founder Eric Egger established his press as a platform for individuals of all walks and abilities to share their stories of freedom. These are the types of stories that founded America as a beacon of freedom for the oppressed of the world. Now more than ever, we must preserve these stories and allow individuals to celebrate freedom and take heed against policies and causes that would seek to deny it.

It’s why Nansen Malin, social media expert, community organizer, and business owner, remarked, “This collection of stories will stir your soul, and educate and motivate you. They are stories of ‘forging freedom’, about individuals taking their lives and futures in their own hands. These are the stories our country needs to hear.”

From now until September 16, 2013 (EXTENDED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2013), Forging Freedom can be ordered at a special discounted rate at www.FreedomForgePress.com/store. All pre-orders will receive a free e-book edition.

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