Upcoming PJC Events

The following events are hosted, organized, co-sponsored, or in collaboration with/by the Peace & Justice Center and are open to the public – we hope you can join us!

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Frederick Douglass Reading

June 6, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

Join us in reading Frederick Douglass’ most famous speech, originally delivered on July 5, 1852. Declining to speak on the 4th of July, Douglass instead castigated the United States for decades of slavery and injustice. Come and add your voice to this statewide public reading sponsored by Vermont Humanities Council. 
In 1852, Frederick Douglass, one of our nation’s greatest orators and abolitionists, was asked to speak at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In his provocative speech, Douglass refused and said, “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.” And he asked, “Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day?”
Instead, he delivered his powerful condemnation of American hypocrisy – “What to the slave is the 4th of July” – on July 5. His words ring true more than 150 years later, and the speech is widely considered to be his best.
Douglass’ speech remains emotionally powerful, thought-provoking and relevant more than a century and a half after he gave it. The Vermont Humanities Council is supporting groups and communities statewide to organize public participatory readings of his compelling speech on or close to July 4 each year.
This Burlington event is put on with the support of many individuals and organizations. If you or your organization would like to get involved connect with Kina at [email protected] or call her at 863-2345 x9.


June 6, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

If you have questions about our programming, please contact Kina Thorpe, Educational Program Manager, at [email protected] or call (802) 863-2345 x9. If you would like to volunteer at any of the Peace & Justice Center’s events, please email v[email protected].