It’s Our History: Frederick Douglass on the 4th of July

Monday, July 4, 11 am, Robbins House, Concord

In several communities, including Concord, observation of the Fourth of July will include readings of Frederick Douglass’s speech “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro.” The nearly 165-year-old speech shines a light on the roots and dimensions of chattel slavery in the US, and on its dissonance with American ideals of liberty and justice. The program in Concord will begin with a reading of selections from the Declaration of Independence, followed by Douglass’s speech and an opportunity for discussion about  the meaning of the speech in Douglass’s time and our own. If you are to go to the Concord event, you can hear the speech read by James Earn Jones online.