Local Group Joins National Effort to Celebrate Freedom

July 20, 2011

Americans for Prosperity Foundation-Florida to honor Noble Laureate Milton Friedman on July 29

(Orlando, FL)– Americans for Prosperity Foundation-Florida will honor Dr. Milton Friedman on July 29 as part of a national day of recognition for the Nobel Laureate, his work, theories, and contributions. The Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day is being celebrated in 46 U.S. states and in six countries.

This event is being sponsored by the Foundation for Educational Choice, the continuation of the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation. The event will explore how Dr. Friedman and his free-market theories have benefited mankind and how they can move our country forward amidst current economic uncertainty.

“Few Americans in the modern era have done more to advance the ideas of freedom than Dr. Milton Friedman. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate his legacy and his commitment to education, and also to learn more about the school choice movement,” said Slade O’Brien, State Director of Americans for Prosperity Foundation-Florida.

It is the 99th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Friedman, who passed away in November 2006. He is regarded as one of the world’s most influential promoters of economic freedom. He argued that the voluntary choices of individuals, not the dictates of government, should be the default mode of human life. His revolutionary work in economic theory earned him the Nobel Prize in 1976.

“Now, more than ever, our nation and world need the wise ideas of Dr. Friedman,” said Robert Enlow, president and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. “With the American economy in crisis and the constant threat of increased government control, Dr. Friedman’s simple, profound belief that humans ought to be free carries fresh, urgent relevance.”

“We’re delighted to have Americans for Prosperity Foundation-Florida join us in celebrating Dr. Milton Friedman’s legacy for freedom,” said Enlow.

Although he typically is recognized for his economic contributions, Dr. Friedman spent the last decade of his life fighting to bring educational freedom to all of America’s children. In 1996, he and his wife Rose founded the Foundation for Educational Choice to promote his vision for universal school choice—an idea he first proposed in 1955.

The event will be held July 29 at 5:30 PM in the Oak Room at the Marks Street Senior Recreation Complex in Orlando. This is a free event, but online registration is required and tickets are available at www.afpfflfriedmanevent.eventbrite.com. The program will include opening remarks given by Congressman Daniel Webster, followed by a screening of “The Cartel” movie and a panel discussion about school choice with community leaders on the issue. Pizza, popcorn, and drinks will be provided.

For more information, individuals are asked to contact Jessica Lee at FloridaEvents@afphq.org.

Like this post? Chip in $5 to AFP