Events

Sunday, July 1, 2018 4:00 PM5:30 PM
Citizens of Brockton will read "What to the Slave is the 4th of July" out loud in the Douglass Community Garden in the language of their ancestors to honor our city's diversity. As part of the traditional reading, we have volunteers who will read each paragraph, representing twelve different languages. After the reading, we will enjoy a community conversation and social to discuss how the themes of the speech and Mr. Douglass's life resonate today.
Monday, July 2, 2018 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Join the New Bedford Historical Society for a community reading of "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July". Douglass's powerful speech, given in 1852, asks important questions about racial justice our society is still wrestling with today.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 6:00 PM
Join us for our 8th annual reading of the Mass Humanities Program "Reading Frederick Douglass" at the beautiful High Rock Tower Park. All the usual favorites that make up this highly anticipated Community Event over the July 4th weekend are in place; the local musical and dance acts, local food vendors and pony rides are on board and ready for action! Per usual, we are delighted to offer this event free of charge.
  • High Rock Tower Park, 30 Circuit Ave
  • Lynn, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • email: wendy_joseph@mac.com
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 12:00 PM
Mass Humanities' signature communal reading of Frederick Douglass's speech in which he took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 12:00 PM
Worcester Roots Project will collaborate with Music Mania Television to produce the annual reading of Douglass's speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" to commemorate his bicentennial.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Please join members of the Berkshire NAACP, Indivisible Pittsfield, and other members of the Pittsfield community as we gather for a shared reading of selections from Frederick Douglass's speech, "What to the Slave is Fourth of July?"
  • Berkshire Athenaeu, One Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA - in the auditorium
  • Pittsfield, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: 413-344-9760
  • email: drewherzig@yahoo.com
  • cost: Free
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 10:00 AM12:00 PM
Join us for the third annual community reading and discussion of the Declaration of Independence and abolitionist Frederick Douglass's 1852 Fourth of July speech in response, challenging Americans to live up to our founding principles. We will read the documents aloud, taking turns, and then we'll talk.
  • Shaw Memorial Library Pavilion (behind Library) 312 Main Street
  • Plainfield, Hampshire County, MA (CT Valley)
  • email: plainfieldmareads@gmail.com
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
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.
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. Our 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. A participatory community reading of Douglass's 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; The Current Black Lives Matter movement. Our event ends with a moderated audience discussion with historians. Sponsored by Mass Humanities.
  • The Robbins House, 320 Monument St., Across from the North Bridge
  • Concord, Middlesex County, MA (Metrowest Boston)
  • contact: 978-254-1745
  • web: www.robbinshouse.org
  • email: elon@robbinshouse.org
  • cost: free and open to all
Saturday, September 15, 2018 7:00 PM9:00 PM
As part of the 200th anniversary of the life of Frederick Douglass, author Nzadi Keita will read from "Brief Evidence of Heaven," a book of persona poems that give voice to Anna Douglass's life and times as she supported her family and her husband. Nzadi will pay homage to the woman who worked as an advocate and abolitionist in her own right.
Sunday, October 14, 2018 11:00 AM1:00 PM
Come spend a beautiful Autumn morning for this special tour of abolitionist graves and storytelling by Scholar Julia Greene.

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