"eleutheromania" (n.) the intense and irresistible desire for freedom. As human beings we all have, to some extent, the desire for freedom. People do not like to be restrained, restricted or imprisoned. It is our instinct to have the freedom to develop and evolve. The inspiration for my piece "eleutheromania" comes from the recent travesty of an individual hanging a noose from the James Meredith statue at the University of Mississippi. James Meredith believed in the struggle for equality in a legitimate and dignified fashion. He was the first black man to be accepted into a segregated college on his merits alone. He paved the way for the racial integration of public schools and civil rights. "eleutheromania" is an attempt to pay homage to this figure, and any figure like him, who will stand up for their beliefs, no matter the odds, and break the bonds that attempt to limit them. The act of hanging this figure, even though just a statue, is a setback. It’s a reminder of how far we have come as a culture, and how far we have yet to go.
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