It’s Independence Day Weekend, and I’ve been thinking about freedom.
As we celebrate with family and friends, picnics and fireworks, we rarely think about what has come to be known as the most recognizable of all sentences:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The freedom the thirteen American colonies sought from Great Britain documented in the Declaration of Independence has provided inspiration for generations. We have been reminded about this freedom especially of late.
Sadly, when the lives of nine members of a Charleston, SC, church were senselessly taken, we were reminded that freedom can so easily be lost. Appropriately, their lives have been celebrated by the outpouring of love, and cries for change and peace for all of us.
Supreme Court Rulings
On the heels of this tragedy, we celebrated as our Supreme Court made several momentous rulings that placed freedom first.
The freedom that is derived from good health is priceless. Our highest court protected the pathway for even more Americans to access clinical services toward improved health.
In their fair housing ruling, the justices also reminded us that discrimination of any sort affects freedom beyond housing, including tomorrow’s pursuit of quality education and personal economic growth.
But, the greatest ruling that placed freedom first is grounded in love.
When the Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality, they gave us reason to recall the inspiration of that most famous sentence, “… all men are created equal.”
This weekend as we pursue Life, Liberty and Happiness across San Diego, California, and these United States, I cherish the freedom that today so many more share. I have never been more proud to be an American.
I know there are additional bridges to cross and battles to be fought. But I will celebrate this weekend knowing that #LoveWins!
About Kathlyn Mead
President and CEO of The San Diego Foundation, Kathlyn Mead has been actively involved in community throughout her career. National Medical Fellowships honored Kathlyn with its 2015 Leadership in Healthcare award. Charles R. Drew University recognized her commitment to community service with its 2011 Medal of Honor. Mead was named a 2008 Woman of Distinction by the University of Southern California, received San Diego’s 2004 KGTV-10 News Organizational Leadership Award, and is also a 2003 YWCA of San Diego TWIN awardee.