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Wednesday, July 4, 2018 11:00 AM1:00 PM
Considered one of the most daring, eloquent speeches in the English language, Frederick Douglass's fiery 1852 speech, "What to the Slave is the 4th of July" challenges its audience, then and now, to consider the meaning of freedom, citizenship, and patriotism. This event begins with a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence by Minute Man National Historic Park re-enactor Jim Hollister to set the background for Douglass's speech, followed by a participatory community reading of the speech accompanied by costumed readers representing different eras of civil rights activism, including 1860s Civil Rights activist and Robbins House resident Ellen Garrison; the 1960s Civil Rights movement; 1970s Black Power movement; and the current Black Lives Matter movement. The event ends with a moderated audience discussion with historians.