Frederick Douglass Community Reading

Event Description

Commemorate Independence Day with a community reading of Frederick Douglass' powerful Fourth of July address, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July." This is a participatory event, open to people of all ages! We will provide copies of the speech to all attendees (English and Spanish available), and read it out loud together as a community at Horton Grove.

Douglass' words reckon with the legacies of slavery and the promises of national freedom. Douglass delivered this powerful speech on July 5, 1852 at an Independence Day celebration: "The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn..."

[Header photo credit to Bob Karp.]