Lincoln inspiring today's anti-slave activists
February 27th, 2013
01:14 PM ET

Lincoln inspiring today's anti-slave activists

In his acceptance speech after winning the 2013 Oscar for best actor Daniel Day-Lewis acknowledged "the mysteriously beautiful mind, body and spirit of Abraham Lincoln."

There was applause from the audience. It was a celebration of Day-Lewis's talent and performance as the 16th U.S. president. But in a sublime way, it was also a celebration of Lincoln himself - his life, his words and his actions, most notably his fight against slavery.

One organization is trying to connect the historical Lincoln with the issue of modern day slavery.

Lincoln fought to end slavery 150 years ago. But how can we follow his lead to put this practice to an end for good?

Made in a Free World, a U.S.-based non-profit organization, is asking that question with a newly launched campaign "I'm With Lincoln" that calls on people to demonstrate their commitment to fight against modern-day slavery.

"The historical understanding and acknowledgment of Lincoln is at an all-time high," Justin Dillon, founder and CEO of Made in a Free World, said.

"It's not coincidence that we are celebrating Lincoln's fight to end slavery while today there is more slavery than any other time in history. This campaign connects our ideals to our practices. If we are really to identify with him, then we'll continue his work."

"I'm With Lincoln" aims to raise awareness about the existence of human trafficking and suggests ways to play an active role fighting the menace.

Also available on the website is a letter to forward to U.S. senators asking them to make fighting slavery a greater priority.

Dillon says the group is hoping its tools will enable users to achieve tangible results.

A two-minute campaign commercial has also been released which portrays the realism and emotion of one girl's journey into modern-day slavery. Directed by Noam Murro, the film is set to an original score written by 2013 Academy Award nominee, J. Ralph.

"This video gives you a palpable understanding of what Lincoln would feel about modern day slavery," Dillon said.

Murrow recently finished a Warner Brothers movie, a prequel to 300. The movie studio is owned by Time Warner, the parent company of CNN.


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