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February: From the Editor

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This February 2015 issue we follow the theme #celebratefreedom with a short life story from our featured guest author, Jennifer B Graham. Her story talks about the legacy of the Magna Carta and how it impacted her life on leaving South Africa in 1975.

2015 is the official 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta which became the foundation for the House of Commons, English Law and the basis for Constitutions throughout the world including the United States of America. In celebration of the anniversary, we are running a FREE competition to WIN a £250.00 cash prize as well as a PR and media exposure package worth in excess of £250.00.

Some background to the Magna Carta and its legacy

The sealing of the ‘Great Charter’ by King John in 1215 set a precedence; for the first time in history the voice of the people succeeded in overturning royal dogma and illustrated that no law is greater than the law of God. The legacy of the Magna Carta echoes through some of the greatest events of our time:

  • Abolition of Slavery and Declaration of Independence, United States of America
  • Civil Rights Movement, United States of America
  • Anti-Apartheid Movement, South Africa.

In the words of Winston Churchill…..

“Here is a law which is above the King and Parliament… This reaffirmation of a supreme law and its expression in a general charter is the great work of Magna Carta; and this alone justifies the respect in which men have held it.”

A selection of clips illustrating how the voice of the people re-wrote their countries’ Constitutions

Abolition of Slavery,  (YouTube – jbmoak)

Civil Rights Movement, America (YouTube – NewsPoliticsInfo)

Martin Luther King Junior,  I’ve been to the mountain top – The final part of Martin Luther King’s last speech. He delivered it on April 3, 1968, at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee. The next day, King was assassinated.

Anti-Apartheid Movement, South Africa (YouTube – Clarity Films)

Nelson Mandela – Rivonia Trial – The story of Nelson Mandela and the other Rivonia Trialists, from the series ‘Have You Heard From Johannesburg’.

The Editor’s selection

Inspirational DVDs and books on the quest to become ‘FREE PEOPLE’ #celetbratefreedom.

 

We hope you enjoy February’s edition and that it inspires you to write your masterpiece on the importance of FREEDOM, please do keep us posted if you need support in publishing –  check out our services!

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