Frederick Douglass Community Reading in Egleston Square

July 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for Egleston Square’s 4th Annual reading of this important speech given by Frederick Douglass on July 5th 1852.

What to the Slave is 4th of July? A Community Reading
Robert Lawson Place in Egleston Square
(Corner of Washington St & Columbus Ave)

David Blight called Douglass’ Fourth of July address “abolition’s rhetorical masterpiece.” Here’s an excerpt from that famous Douglass’ speech:

“Fellow citizens, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today? What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?”