There’s been a Speakers’ Corner in London since the 1830s – a proud tradition of free speech in which anyone can talk publicly about the things that matter to them. Sometimes the topic is unpopular. Sometimes the crowd talks back. But it is a great thing, and especially in a country, state and community with a First Amendment to celebrate and so much to talk about, doesn’t it seem like we should be doing this too?
So a Speakers’ Circle is coming to Harvard Square’s Pit, right behind the red line T stop and the square’s iconic Out of Town Newsstand. We’re starting out modestly: Just an hour each Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon starting Sunday, Aug. 16. Maybe it’ll grow.
Although anyone can speak, we’re trying to seed the event with poets, storytellers, comics, philosophers, futurists and thinkers who will get this tradition off to the best start possible. The first weeks and months could shape the tradition for years and decades to come.
We want you to take part. The easy part can be to follow the Twitter feed (at https://twitter.com/SpeakersCircleC) and like the Facebook page. (And you can email SpeakersCircleC@gmail.com or call 617.230.9632.) And we want these accounts shared and for people to get excited about the weekly events.
But the most important thing is to get voices heard – to get the tradition rolling. Come talk, be brave, stand up and share your thoughts and words. To be funny. Be passionate. Be provocative. Make people laugh. Make people wonder. Make people think.
Please pass this on and consider speaking yourself! The world needs your voice, and this project certainly does.