Columbia residents exercise First Amendment rights

'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.'
Friday, July 3, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 3:08 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 4, 2009

COLUMBIA — As Americans celebrate the birth of the nation, it's important to remember the 45-word sentence that begins the Bill of Rights and outlines the five basic civil liberties that are the keystones of American democracy.