139 Tremont St
He had Lincoln’s ear, now lend him yours.
Join us for a public reading of Frederick Douglass’ famous Fourth of July address.
Mass Humanities coordinates annual public readings of Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” with communities and organizations around the state. A group of people take turns reading parts of the speech until they have read all of it. These events open up discourse on race relations and citizenship, and raise awareness of the influential role slavery continues to play in our history and national discourse.
This event takes place on Boston Common and is our flagship Reading Frederick Douglass gathering.
Sponsors (as of 6/1):
Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School I Community Change Inc I Jewish Voice for Peace Boston I The Bostonian Society I Mass Humanities I The William Monroe Trotter Institute I Royall House & Slave Quarters I Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Economic Justice I Massachusetts Association of Human Rights Commissions I YWCA Cambridge I Museum of African American History – Boston and Nantucket I Medford Human Rights Commission I Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry I Boston African American National Historic Site I The New Democracy Coalition I Central Square Theater | St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church | BAGLY (Boston Alliance of Gay Lesbian Bisexual & Transgender Youth)