What does the Declaration of Independence mean to you?

This Juneteenth we are preparing for our annual reading of the Declaration of Independence and Frederick Douglass’s speech “What to a Slave is the 4th of July?.” We are kicking off this season of critical examination of our Founding Documents on Juneteenth, a day that invites us to reflect on US history and how our “inalienable rights” have been accessible to the populace over time.

Please contribute your reflections using this form, and view a selection of contributions on this slideshow.

There are no right or wrong answers since we want to hear what you think and how the Declaration makes you feel. We are interested in a wide variety of responses. Anyone can participate, please share this widely. You don’t need to have read the Declaration previously, but if you’d like to preview the text you can do so here.