WSRE was one of ten public television stations selected for hosting community events in conjunction with the national premiere of “American Creed.” The public is invited to attend advance screenings of the film in Crestview and Pensacola and to contribute to the national conversation sparked by the film by submitting digital video stories.
ABOUT THE FILM
Two unlikely collaborators, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have teamed up to investigate the idea of a unifying American creed.
Through stories from around the country, the documentary American Creed wrestles with immigration and assimilation; the dwindling economic prospects of many people in a nation that aspires to opportunity for all; the notion that individual ambition and achievement can raise up communities; and the meaning of citizenship and the challenge of meaningful civic participation and dialogue.
Featured in the film are Chicago Cubs baseball manager Joe Maddon, who became a civic activist after a controversial immigration ordinance was passed in his Pennsylvania coal country hometown; U.S. Marines veteran Tegan Griffith, who advocates for fellow veterans and the working class; Deidre Prevett, a Muskogee Nation, Oklahoma school principal who fights for low-income children; and entrepreneurs Leila Janah and Terrence Davenport, who have worked to create economic opportunity in the Arkansas Delta, where the legacy of slavery and sharecropping persists.
WSRE WANTS YOUR "AMERICAN CREED" STORY
The public is invited to submit digital stories by interviewing positive role models willing to answer the question: “What does it mean to you to be an American or live in America?”
Videos must be no longer than three minutes and can be submitted via YouTube according to the entry guidelines posted here:
FREE COMMUNITY FILM SCREENING EVENTS
Pensacola Screening/Public Square Speakers Series:
Through these events and broadcasts, WSRE is facilitating the sharing of local stories of citizenship and community building.
This opportunity for communities to engage in a national discussion about a unifying American Creed comes 100 years after the Speaker of the House of Representatives and New York’s Commissioner of Education accepted the following Creed for the United States in 1918:
The American’s Creed
“I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.”
--William Tyler Page
Among over 3,000 entries, William Tyler Page was the winner of a nationwide contest for writing a national creed a century ago. Referring to the Creed, Page said: “It is the summary of the fundamental principles of the American political faith as set forth in its greatest documents, its worthiest traditions, and its greatest leaders.” His wording of the Creed used passages and phrases from the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and Daniel Webster’s reply to Robert Y. Hayne in the Senate in 1830. http://www.usflag.org/american.creed.html