Humanities Event

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Thursday, July 5, 2018 5:30 PM7:30 PM
On July 5, 1852, abolitionist Frederick Douglass spoke in Rochester, New York about the hypocrisy of a nation celebrating its freedom when millions of its people were bound by slavery. Through his speech, Douglass held up a mirror to the nation's values, emphasizing the cruel irony of the independence day celebration. The injustice that still simmers in our country makes the Frederick Douglass speech as relevant today as it was in 1852. The Social Justice Committee of Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton & Upton has organized local nonprofits to gather people of all backgrounds and ages on Grafton Common to experience the moving words of Frederick Douglass's famous speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" The reading of the speech will be followed by a discussion led by Donna Maria Cameron. Those attending the event are encouraged to bring a picnic. Event organizers will provide lemonade, water, and desserts.