Reflection: Threads of protest in Supreme Court precedents

By Evan Heichelbech, F/G Scholar

Fleischaker Greene LogoThe nature of a protest is inherently centered around disagreement, and in our country disagreement is something that is not only encouraged, but protected by the laws that govern our citizens. Protests are a byproduct of mounting conflict and disagreement. Naturally, protests are also byproducts of American citizens’ First Amendment rights. Four Supreme Court cases that have resulted in landmark precedents toward further protecting and encouraging this type of pure freedom have some very interesting common threads to be analyzed. Continue reading Reflection: Threads of protest in Supreme Court precedents

Freedom of Speech and Protest

For 2018, the Fleischaker/Greene Scholars in Western Kentucky University’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting are exploring a right fundamental to American life and democracy — the right to protest, complain, dissent and have our voices heard.

The First Amendment has always been a living, breathing, pulsating fact of national life. As students of journalism and history, we strive to tell that rich story and apply it to our own time.