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June 2022

Reading Frederick Douglass Together-Brockton

June 26 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
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Free

Join us for a communal reading of Frederick Douglass' speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"

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Reading Frederick Douglass Together-Natick

June 26 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
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Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central Street
Natick, MA 01760 United States
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The Reading of Frederick Douglass' "What to a Slave is the Fourth of July?" will take place on Sunday, June 26th at 6:00pm on the front steps of the Morse Institute Library in Natick. Each reader will then have the opportunity to read 1-3 paragraphs from the speech, which is about thirty minutes in total. The event will be filmed by local cable station Natick Pegasus. Historian Brenna Greer will deliver opening remarks and hold an informal dialogue about the…

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Reading Frederick Douglass Together-Worcester

June 30 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
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Worcester City Hall, 455 Main St.
Worcester, MA United States
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Join is in reading Frederick Douglass' speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" RAIN DATE: July 1  

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Reading Frederick Douglas Together-Somerville

June 30 @ 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
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Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Road
Somerville, 02143
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The Somerville Museum hosts an annual reading of Frederick Douglass’ famous address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” delivered to an AntiSlavery Society in 1852. We are part of a number of communities across the Commonwealth that read this address together and reflect on our past and present. The readings are followed by our Project Scholar. This year, Kyera Singleton is our Project Scholar. This year, we’re also joining forces with the organization, Community Action Agency of…

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Reading Frederick Douglass Together-Cambridge

June 30 @ 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM EDT
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Essential Partners, 186 Alewife Brook Pkwy
Cambridge, MA United States
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Join Essential Partners for the reading of Frederick Douglass' speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July"?

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Focus on the Fullers

June 30 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Framingham History Center, 3 Oak Street
Framingham, MA 01701 United States
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$5 – $10

After the Framingham History Center’s program on Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller in February, it was clear that many wanted to learn more about America’s first Black psychiatrist and his renowned sculptress wife, Meta Warrick Fuller. While researching her 2005 publication Solomon Carter Fuller: Where My Caravan Has Rested, author Mary Kaplan obtained privileged information from Solomon's personal notes as well as family interviews. As the foremost authority on the Fullers, one of her life goals is to share more of…

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July 2022

Reading Frederick Douglass Together-Boston

July 1 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Boston Common, Tremont St.
Boston, MA United States
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Join us for a communal reading of Frederick Douglass’ famed speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” 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.

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Reading Frederick Douglass Together-Beverly

July 2 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
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Hale Farm, 39 Hale Street
Beverly, MA 01915
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Join us at Hale Farm for a community reading of Frederick Douglass’s powerful speech, “What to the American Slave is the Fourth of July?” as part of the Reading Frederick Douglass Together initiative. A collaborative endeavor with the City of Beverly, Beverly Public Schools, Salem United, Beverly Human Rights Committee, North Shore NAACP, North Shore Juneteenth, and other local individuals and organizations. Special guest speakers.

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Reading Frederick Douglass Together-Northampton

July 2 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge St.
Northampton,
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Join us for a communal reading of Frederick Douglass’ famed speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” 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.

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Reading Frederick Douglass Together-Newburyport

July 3 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
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Garrison Statue-Brown Square, 11 Brown Square
Newburyport, MA United States
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The First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist and the Museum of Old Newbury will host an in-person community reading of Frederick Douglass's impassioned 1852 speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Lend your voice to this powerful participatory event. We will gather around the Garrison statue in Brown Square, Newburyport. The reading will be followed by a discussion led by humanities scholar Katrina "Kat" Hobbs Everett, M.Ed., Co-Founder of Power of Self-Education (POSE) Inc. a community engagement &…

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