About 1 for All
1 for All is a national nonpartisan program designed to build understanding and support for the First Amendment freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. 1 for All provides teaching materials and lesson plans to help everyone learn more about their First Amendment rights.
- 1 for All is nonpartisan. At a time of deep political polarization, we choose not to take sides. In fact, a shared commitment to freedom of speech, press and faith should unify this nation.
- It’s all about education. America’s teachers would like to do a better job of teaching about the First Amendment, but they often lack the resources they need. 1 for All will provide educational materials, course content and study guides for teachers of grades 1 to 12.
- 1 for All is interactive. There’s no point in celebrating free expression without encouraging some of it. Students and others will be encouraged to submit photos, videos, songs and stories that reflect the value of freedom in America.
- The focus is on all five freedoms. America’s news media are quick to defend freedom of the press, and churches embrace freedom of faith, but these freedoms are interdependent and deserve the full support of all Americans. We can’t pick and choose the freedoms we like.
A History of 1 for All: Our story so far
A group of educators, journalists, lawyers, authors, artists, librarians and others gathers outside Chicago to explore ways to build support and understanding of the First Amendment. They commit to a campaign designed to promote our core freedoms through education and advertising. The American Society of News Editors, First Amendment Center, Knight Foundation, McCormick Foundation and the Newseum are founding partners.
The campaign launches an ambitious series of First Amendment festivals on college campuses, funded by the McCormick Foundation. These Liberty Tree Initiative programs would run nationwide for the next five years, reaching hundreds of thousands of students.
Guided by focus groups and research funded by the Knight Foundation, the First Amendment campaign is named 1 for All, reminding us that one amendment to the U.S. Constitution enriches all of our lives daily.
1 for All launches a national marketing campaign featuring such celebrities as Ellen DeGeneres, Brad Paisley, John Mellencamp, Blake Shelton and Ke$ha. More than 1,100 organizations and media step up with their support, spreading the word and building awareness.
1 for All creates the Great First Amendment Quiz in partnership with USA Today and the First Amendment Center. The online, interactive quiz proves very popular and continues to test Americans’ “freedom IQ.”
On Dec. 15, 1 for All launches the first Free to Tweet competition, challenging young Americans to tweet about freedom and compete for 22 $5,000 scholarships. The White House tweets about the campaign. 1 for All ads feature such celebrities as Ellen DeGeneres, Brad Paisley, John Mellencamp, Blake Shelton and Ke$ha. The campaign also publishes a teacher’s guide to teaching about the First Amendment using social media.
Free to Tweet II encourages students to identify their most valued freedom in the First Amendment and tweet about it. Five students are awarded scholarships.
The 1 for All First Amendment Festival events shift from campuses to high schools, laying the foundation for a broader educational initiative.
The Great First Amendment Challenge asks America’s high school teachers to share their very best ways to teach about First Amendment freedoms. The competition, which encourages innovation and creativity in the classroom, runs through March 1, 2015. The challenge is coordinated by the American Society of News Editors’ Youth Journalism Initiative.
1 for All was a partner in the distribution of “Freedom Sings,” a documentary about free speech and music produced by the First Amendment Center and Middle Tennessee State University’s College of Media and Entertainment. The DVD is free to classroom teachers.
1 for All relocated to the campus of Middle Tennessee State University and became part of the John Seigenthaler Chair for Excellence in First Amendment Studies.