SEEDS OF FREEDOM. A Vision for America

World Premiere: May 20, 2017
Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival
Venice, CA
Watch the 30-minute film HERE.


“SEEDS OF FREEDOM. A Vision for America”

Boston Public Library    November 10, 2016
Film Premiere, Forum and Call-to-Action!

Special Guests: Mohawk elder Tom Porter and Pilgrim Scholar Gary Marks presented insights into the Iroquois Great Law and the Pilgrim vision for humanity as they apply to life today and the future.

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Watch the entire event HERE

Inaugural event for The James Phinney Baxter Lecture Series

Live links to recorded event:
Printed Bios of the Elders/Filmmakers
 Forum moderated by Andrew Cameron Bailey
with Gary Marks, Tom Porter and Connie Baxter Marlow
Film Synopsis
Eminent philanthropist/historian James Phinney Baxter (1831-1921) believed that America must embody the high ideals of New England’s original settlers if it is to become a global exemplar of liberty, equality and justice. In 1921 he left a bequest instructing Boston to build a Pantheon to perpetuate the founding ideals and principles. Baxter’s great-great-granddaughter Connie Baxter Marlow adds a missing piece – the role of the American Indian in the evolution of democracy and the American mind and spirit.
Background
As we move toward 2020 – the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower and the First Great Synthesis between Europeans and the American Indian – we have the opportunity to look at American history through a new lens – the role of the US of A in the evolutionary upward spiral of human consciousness. Yes the US of America. All of US and the role we are going to play in realizing the original vision of the human potential to bring Equality, Liberty, Justice and Abundance for all: The True American Dream!
 
 A Time of Synthesis
An extraordinary exception to the human condition unfolded when the visionary leaders of two radically different cultures met and worked together to maintain an inter-cultural exchange that became the “First Great Synthesis” between Europeans and American Indians during the fifty-four years of peace and friendship at Plymouth Plantation. This melding gave birth to American democracy and to the American mind and spirit. The “Second Great Synthesis” occurred when aspects of The Great Law of the Iroquois were integrated into the United States Constitution in 1787. A third synthesis is possible now as our cultures come together again to realize the great promise America made to the world in its freedom documents The Mayflower Compact, The Declaration of Independence and The U.S. Constitution.
About The James Phinney Baxter Lecture Series:
The James Phinney Baxter Lecture Series is dedicated to Baxter’s vision of America – realizing its promise of liberty, justice and equality for all. The series will be held quarterly leading up to 2020 – the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower – and 2030 – the founding of Boston. The Lecture Series will include subjects pertaining to the principles and ideals of early settlers of New England and the education of immigrants on the foundational principles of the United States.
The James Phinney Baxter/Percival P. Baxter Fund has been allocated to the Boston Public Library which is committed to realizing the mandate of James Phinney Baxter’s bequest.
For more information on James Phinney Baxter’s Vision and Bequest CLICK HERE.
Watch the videos on www.YouTube.com/First50Yrs
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