Coming Soon...A Community Reading

Underground Railroad


[Accelerating Heartbeat] Hello my friends. It's my pleasure to invite you to a special presentation. That is produced by the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom of the National Park Service and its partners. The program involves reading of passages from Mr. Douglass' famous speech, Mr. Frederick Douglass's famous speech, delivered in 1852 in Rochester, New York: "What to the Slave is your Fourth of July?" In this speech, Mr. Douglass speak(s) eloquently, and forcefully, against the inherent inequalities of the Declaration of Independence and four million enslaved bondsmen. His words, his wisdom, offers us some encouragement for the struggles that we face today. So come with me on this special program to learn, and to be inspired to stay in this struggle. Mr. Douglass was born into slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1818. Upon gaining his freedom, he fought for freedom, and justice, and dignity for all. And that continued as his life's work until his death in Washington D.C. in 1895. Mr. Douglass became one of the nation's most distinguished orators, authors, statesmen, and governmental officials. His life and legacy are commemorated at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington D.C., at the National Women's Rights National Park at Seneca Falls, New York, and certainly throughout the rest of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. So, again, welcome to this program - to learn, and to be inspired, and to embrace Mr. Douglass's philosophy that we need to stay in the struggle for justice, freedom, and dignity for all.


A short promotional video, produced by the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Former NPS Director Robert Stanton introduces a community reading of Frederick Douglass's speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" Coming July 4, 2020 at 11:00am.


3 minutes, 6 seconds

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