Happy Bastille Day – Merci Mes Amis

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The French Revolution began with the liberation of the Bastille prison by the citizens of Paris  on July 14 1789.

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For Lafayette, George Washington’s friend and compatriot. For Lady Liberty, beacon of freedom to millions. For the respect and refuge from racism you gave to African-American jazz musicians. For your sound advice even when our politicians would not hear it.

Merci mes amis.

Thank you, friends.

Liberté, égalité, fraternité.

 Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood.

Nina Simone – I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free

African-American composer and vocalist Nina Simone lived the last 10 years of her life in Aix-in-Provence, France. 

Notes: The picture of the Statue of Liberty is by Keith Major http://keithmajor.me/2011/12/30/our-nyc-trip-the-statue-of-liberty-ellis-island/the-statue-of-liberty/  It was hard to find good ones; most were rather trite.

The picture of the Eiffel Tower was from http://www.bastilleday-2015.com/bastille-day-eiffel-tower.html which is over now.

 

 

 

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