What to the Slave Is 4th of July?

Frederick Douglass, ca. 1879. George K. Warren. (National Archives Gift Collection) Exact Date Shot Unknown NARA FILE #: 200-FL-22 WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #: 113

At our monthly planning meeting, we had the first of what will be a series of conversations reflecting upon the history, challenges, and motivations of our work. We listened to the words of Frederick Douglass, spoken by James Earl Jones, as he examined the meaning of the 4th of July for people of color in 1865. He wasn’t a fan, you might say.

The conversation afterward was wide-ranging and illuminating. Feel encouraged to come to meetings in the future and get involved! Start a conversation in your own circles about this piece.