Inspired by Greenwood Students, Ken Burns Launches Nationwide Gettysburg Address Challenge

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, award-winning director and producer Ken Burns has launched a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the speech.  Burns was inspired by his work with Greenwood students in filming The Address, a feature-length documentary to be released April 15, 2014.

“[W]e have to look no further than the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, the Greenwood School, to understand why this speech above so many others survives. Each year at the school students are challenged to memorize and then publicly recite the Gettysburg Address. These students, boys 11 to 17, all face a range of complex learning differences that make their personal, academic and social progress challenging.”

Go to Ken Burns’ new website, LEARN THE ADDRESS, to watch all the living US Presidents and a host of other celebrities and politicians recite the speech.  The collection of recordings housed on this site will continue to grow as more and more people are inspired by the grit of Greenwood students and the power of history.  If they can do it, you can do it!  

Media coverage of Ken’s launch and Greenwood has included the following:

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