Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 1.46.32 PMCome join the Peace & Justice Center at the Church Street side of Burlington City Hall on Tuesday July 12th from 5:30pm to 7pm for the Frederick Douglass Community Reading!

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 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?”

Douglass’s speech remains emotionally powerful and thought-provoking 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.

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. See full list of locations here.

If you would like to get involved and/or request to read a particular part of the speech email Kyle or call her at 863-2345 x6.

Frederick Douglass mini bio on Biography.com: