First Amendment Congress

Our annual First Amendment Congress focuses on First Amendment issues of concern to high school students and teachers. We also announce the winners of our annual Zach Taylor First Amendment Essay Contest for Oklahoma high school students.

Our 2016 First Amendment Congress will be Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. The theme is Student Protest and Politics.

Plus, we’ll have sessions on the First Amendment rights of high school students and the incivility in our political discourse.

Also, students are encouraged to enter the 2016 Zach Taylor First Amendment Essay Contest. For this year’s essay, pick one of the freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment (speech, press, religion, assembly, or government petition) and write about its importance to our way of life. Click here for submission details. Essay contest deadline is Oct. 5.

More than 3,000 Oklahoma high school students have attended the First Amendment Congress since the annual program began in 1999. It is sponsored by Freedom of Information Oklahoma along with library, media, and university partners.






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