to Aug 31

Douglass Bicentennial Exhibit

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The Frederick Douglass Neighborhood Association of Brockton, Massachusetts, created a Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Exhibit that will travel among various sites in Brockton. February: City Hall

March and April: Main Post Office

August: Brockton Public Library

To view a video about the exhibit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUhnp4VYBEE&t=497s

For more info: douglassbrockton.org


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to May 26

The Frederick Douglass Project

  • Yards Marina Yards Park, Washington Navy Yard (map)
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A play commissioned by Solas Nua (A New Light on Irish Arts)

A site-specific production about Frederick Douglass' transformational journey to Ireland

2018 marks the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass. To commemorate Douglass' bicentennial Solas Nua has commissioned a new work that celebrates his 1845 trip to Ireland. It was in Ireland that Douglass said, "I find myself treated not as a color, but as a man." It was also in Ireland where Douglass' freedom papers were purchased by his Irish hosts, his books sold out at his speaking engagements, and he wrote, "I can truly say I have spent some of the happiest moments of my life since landing in this country, I seem to have undergone a transformation. I live a new life." This production will give DC audiences an untold story about one of Washington's greatest historical figures. 

  • The production is site-specific; staged on a pier at The Yard's Marina (Navy Yard) and will feature live hip-hop music and dance remixed in an innovative blend of Irish music and dance.


  • The "project" is written by award winning writers Deirdre Kinahan(Wild Sky; Moment) and Psalmayene 24. In order to get a dual perspective on the subject, we commissioned an African-American and an Irish writer to create pieces that featured Douglass' experience in Ireland. 
  • The production has received support from The DC Commission for Arts & Humanities, The Irish Embassy, Kenneth Morris and the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation. 

Tickets on sale soon - Details on our website www.solasnua.org

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to Aug 3

Tubman and Douglass Freedom Trail Tour

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Includes: Roundtrip Luxury Motorcoach Transportation


3 Days, 2 Nights Stay at Seneca Niagara Falls Resort & Casino

1 Night Stay @ Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn, NY w/complimentary Breakfast

$100 FREE SLOT PLAY, $40 Food Coupon

$625.00 pp, D/O.  Deposit Required: $175.00 Balance Due: July 10, 2018 * NO REFUNDS!!!

July 31-August 3, 2018

 HOST: Lou Fields  RESERVE YOUR SEAT: 443.983.7974…. Email: bbhtours@gmail.com

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Frederick Douglass Day

Time: TBD

Location: Downtown Easton


Guest speaker: Dr. Spencer Crew, Robinson Professor of History, George Mason University and Assitant Curator at Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Food and Retail Vendors, Knowledge Village, Children's Village. Sponsored by Frederick Douglass Honor Society in Partnership with the Talbot County Free Library and the Town of Easton

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to Oct 13

Frederick Douglass across and against Times, Places, and Disciplines Conference, Paris France

Frederick Douglass across and against Times, Places, and Disciplines

11-13 octobre 2018, Paris

Appel à contributions

In an article entitled “Frederick Douglass, Refugee,” published in the Atlantic in February 2017, historian David Blight argued that “[o]ne place to begin to understand our long history with the controversies over immigration is with Douglass.” In his 2015 The Strangers Book: The Human of African American Literature, American Literature scholar Lloyd Pratt insisted on Douglass’s engagement with the figure of the stranger, his inhabitation of the stranger persona as a tool to build up a polis and found a demos on what Pratt calls “stranger-with-ness.” This conference, organized on the occasion of the bicentennial of Douglass’s birth, proposes to reconsider Douglass’s practice and “art of estrangement” (Giles) broadly understood as spatial and temporal displacement and philosophical, epistemological and disciplinary decentering.

2018 will mark the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’s birth. The wide array of events and activities already planned testifies to Douglass’s relevance to present debates in the United States and other countries. Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI)’s “One Million Abolitionists” plans to print one million copies of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave for distribution in schools as well as the creation of projects addressing present social justice issues. In 2018, the National Park Service (NPS) will organize public and educational programs at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (NHS) in Washington, D.C. Likewise, the bicentennial conference that will be held in Paris in 2018 will be an opportunity to reexamine the figure of Frederick Douglass across times, places, and disciplines. It encourages contributions that read Douglass’s writings—not his serial autobiographies and speeches only, but also his antebellum journalism, his letters, his (rare) poetry and his one foray into fiction—as well as his life beyond the familiar chronological and geographical boundaries. It thereby hopes to contribute to revisiting the heuristic coordinates of Douglass’s scholarship.

The purpose of this conference, however, is not to commemorate Douglass as a solitary, exceptional figure, but rather to consider him in relation to his contemporaries and to his world, as one voice, powerful though it was, among others. Douglass collaborated with and opposed other black and white intellectuals, activists, artists and politicians. He was a man involved in the conflicts and ruptures of his time, in the United States and beyond. His authority and centrality also must be re-examined.

Panels or individual papers may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Reading Douglass across and against times

-Reading Douglass reading his time as a “witness and participant” but also as a promoter of anachrony used as a political tool to “repeat history in order to deform it” (Castronovo).
-Reading Douglass’s writings “against 1865,” against the “before-after narrative of emancipation” (Hager and Marrs), in the hope of complexifying our interpretation of Douglass’s use of the genre of the slave narrative;
-Reading Douglass’s “lives” beyond the chronology of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Levine), in particular his ambivalent career as a diplomat (Bourhis-Mariotti), a Republican appointee, and an activist in the 1890s.
-Douglass and radical democracy and activism: considering Douglass’s role in a larger history of abolitionism understood as “a radical, interracial movement, one which addressed the entrenched problems of exploitation and disenfranchisement in a liberal democracy and anticipated debates over race, labor and empire” (Sinha).
-Douglass’s engagement with an ecological antislavery logics (Ellis).
-Re-reading Douglass’s reception. Reading Douglass within an enlarged canon of African American writing (White & Drexler; Hager) in conjunction with other North American slave narratives and early African American fiction, history and journalism (William Wells Brown, Harriet Jacobs etc.). How does
this enlarged canon affect Douglass’s critical reception and his status today as the greatest black pre-Civil war author?
-Reading Douglass today so as to open new perspectives on the interplay between history, memory and activism at play in Douglass’s and our times.
-Douglass and the discourse of liberation, human rights and humanitarianism; Douglass’s practice of a stranger humanism based on mutually acknowledged and always evolving differences (Pratt).
-Reconsidering Douglass and public history: What aspects of present debates are illuminated by Douglass’s words (Davis)? Why teach Douglass today?

• Reading Douglass across and against spaces

-Changing the maps and geographical coordinates that have shaped our understanding of Douglass. Using Martha Schoolman’s “abolitionist geographies,” for example, which include both the local and the circum-atlantic, invites us to explore imaginative routes for Douglass’s legacy, from Canada to Rome and London to Haiti and Liberia, via the more expected yet still understudied Afro-Caribbean geopolitical spaces (Nwankwo).
-Reexamining issues of mobility and displacement in Douglass’s life; Douglass as an American and international figure; Douglass and transnationalism; Douglass and the Americas (Hooker); Douglass and France (how The North Star covered the 1848 Revolution, for example [Fagan, Alimi-Levy]); Douglass and the diasporic self.
-Translating Douglass across languages and spaces
-Investigating the different spaces of Douglass’s life and work; Douglass’s “public body” (Fanuzzi); Douglass’s “feminine space” (Fought).
-Decentering our reading of Douglass may lead us to complicate the genealogy of his writing beyond the racial divide and find other significant intertextualities—not only the “Founding Fathers,” the New England Transcendentalists, his contemporaries Hawthorne and Melville (Otter and Levine) and Harriet Beecher Stowe, but also his Black Atlantic peers (Giles) and a broader intellectual tradition from the political thought of John Stuart Mill to the transatlantic print culture of the time.

• Reading Douglass across and against disciplines

Douglass wrote at a moment when “modern academic fields were becoming increasingly defined” but his writing cut across disciplinary boundaries (Lee). To be considered:
-Douglass’s use of fiction or of the tools of fiction in his journalism, in his speeches;
-Douglass’s “rhetorical legacy” (John R. Kaufman-McKivigan);
-Douglass’s role as an editor (Meer)
-Douglass and book history: questioning the vision of Douglass and his African-American peers as autonomous author-artisans in the sphere of print, free of white abolitionist control in the pre-Civil War period (Roy)
-Douglass’s philosophy or philosophies (Lee);
-Douglass’s “visual affirmations” of himself (Wexler) as well as his celebration of photography “as a great democratic art” (Stauffer, Trodd, & Bernier); Douglass as a celebrity; Douglass and the media.

We plan to organize activities before and after the conference in relation to community-based teaching, performances and public readings.

For more information contact:

The Conference Committee:
Claire Bourhis-Mariotti, Université Paris 8
Agnès Derail, ENS
Hélène Le Dantec-Lowry, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle
Claire Parfait, Université Paris 13
Hélène Quanquin, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle
Marie-Jeanne Rossignol, Université Paris Diderot
Cécile Roudeau, Université Paris Diderot
Michaël Roy, Université Paris-Nanterre

Keynote speakers (confirmed): Leigh Fought (Le Moyne College), Lloyd Pratt (University of Oxford), Michaël Roy (Université Paris Nanterre).

ALIMI-LEVY, Yohanna. L’Amérique face aux révolutions françaises de 1830 et 1848. Presses de l’Université Paris Sorbonne, forthcoming in 2017.
BLIGHT, David. “Frederick Douglass, Refugee,” The Atlantic, Feb. 2017.
BOURHIS-MARIOTTI, Claire. L’union fait la force. Les Noirs américains et Haïti, 1804-1893. Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2015.
CASTRONOVO, Russ. Fathering the Nation: American Genealogies of Slavery and Freedom, U. of California Press, 1995.
DAVIS, Angela Y., editor. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself: A New Critical Edition, City Lights, 2009.
ELLIS, Cristin. “Amoral Abolitionism: Frederick Douglass and the Environmental Case against Slavery,” American Literature, vol. 86, no.2, June 2014, pp. 275-303.
FAGAN, Benjamin. “The North Star and the Atlantic 1848,” African American Review, vol. 47, no. 1, June 2014, pp. 51-67.
FANUZZI, Robert. Abolition’s Public Sphere, U. of Minnesota P., 2003.
FOUGHT, Leigh. Women in the Life of Frederick Douglass, Oxford UP, 2017.
GATES, Henry Louis, Jr. and John STAUFFER, editors. The Portable Frederick Douglass, Penguin Classics, 2016.
HAGER, Christopher. Word by Word. Emancipation and the Act of Writing, Harvard University Press, 2013
HAGER, Christopher and Cody MARRS. “Against 1865: Reperiodizing the Nineteenth-Century,” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, vol. 1, no. 2, Fall 2013, pp. 259-284.
GILES, Paul. “Douglass’s Black Atlantic: Britain, Europe, Egypt.” The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass, edited by M. Lee, CUP, 2009.
HOOKER, Juliet. Theorizing Race in the Americas. Douglass, Sarmiento, Du Bois, Vasconcelos, OUP, 2017.
LEE, Maurice, editor. The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass, CUP, 2009.
–, Slavery, Philosophy, and American Literature, 1830-1860, CUP, 2005.
LEVINE, Robert and Samuel OTTER. Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville: Essays in Relation, U. of North Carolina Press, 2008.
LEVINE, Robert. The Lives of Frederick Douglass, Harvard UP, 2016.
MEER, Sarah. “Douglass as Orator and Editor” The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass, edited by M. Lee, CUP, 2009.
NWANKWO, Ifeoma C. K. “Douglass’s Black Atlantic: The Caribbean,” The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass, edited by M. Lee, CUP, 2009.
PRATT, Lloyd. The Strangers Book: The Human of African American Literature, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.
RICE, Alan J. and Martin CRAWFORD, editors. Liberating Sojourn: Frederick Douglass & Transatlantic Reform, University of Georgia Press, 1999.
ROY, Michaël. Textes fugitifs. Le récit d’esclave au prisme de l’histoire du livre, ENS Éditions, coll. « Métamorphoses du livre », forthcoming in 2017.
SCHOOLMAN, Martha. Abolitionist Geographies, U. of Minnesota P., 2014.
SINHA, Manisha. The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition, Yale UP, 2016.
SPECQ, François. De l’esclavage en Amérique. Frederick Douglass. Henry David Thoreau, Editions Rue d’Ulm, coll. “Versions françaises,” 2006.
STAUFFER, John, TRODD Zoe, and Céleste-Marie BERNIER. Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century’s Most Photographed American, Liveright, 2015.
SWEENEY, Fionnghuala. Frederick Douglass and the Atlantic World. Liverpool UP, 2007.
WEXLER, Laura. “‘Rightly Viewed:’ Theorizations of Self in Frederick Douglass’s Lectures on Pictures,” Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity, edited by Maurice Wallace and Shawn Michelle Smith, Duke University Press, 2012.
WHITE, Edward and Michael DREXLER. Beyond Douglass: New Perspectives on Early African-American Literature, Bucknell University Press, 2008.
WILSON, Ivy G. “On Native Ground, Transnationalism, Douglass, and the ‘Heroic Slave’.” PMLA 121.2 (2006): 453-68.


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to Nov 25

Play: The Agitators (Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony)

  • Mosaic Theater at Atlas Performing Arts Center (map)
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A Play by Mat Smart


This brilliant play examines the 45-year friendship and occasional rivalry between two great, rebellious, and flawed American icons: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas. Young abolitionists when they met in Rochester in the 1840s, they were full of hopes, dreams and a common purpose. As they grew to become the cultural icons we know today, their movements collided and their friendship was severely tested. This is the story of that 45-year friendship - from its beginning in Rochester, through a Civil War and to the highest halls of government. They agitated the nation, they agitated each other and, in doing so, they helped shape the Constitution and the course of American history.A loving and faithful portrait of two historical figures, Mat Smart’s story also brims with modern urgency and relevance.  

“A brilliant success in illuminating the rights of American citizenship —not to be missed. The Agitators faithfully demonstrates the demarcation line of wills that brought these two forces of nature together, when race and gender issues, equality and voting rights, were being forged in the wake of slavery and the Civil War.”-Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

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9:00 AM09:00

Tour: Frederick Douglass, A Slave in St. Michaels

On the second and fourth Saturdays beginning May 12 through October 27, the Museum’s signature tour “Frederic Douglass, a Slave, in St. Michaels 1833-36”, will give a more detailed view of the early life of St. Michaels’ most famous 19th century resident and probably the most important African-American Abolitionist in the Civil War Era. This tour will include a walk to several sites important in Frederick Douglass life in St. Michaels including the Dodson House where In 1877 Frederick reconciled with his previous master.

Detailed schedules for all of the tours can be found on the Museum’s Website: www.stmichaelsmuseum.org. Reservations are appreciated but not required. Please contact the museum for reservations and information or call 410 745 0530.

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Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration

The Frederick Douglass Continuum 200 / 2018 Bicentennial Celebration 

Featuring: Tami Tyree, Singer-Historian; Echoes of Our Ancestors – Dianne Chappelle, Historian, Mother A.M.E. Zion Church; Dr. Joyce Duncan, African American Folk Heritage Circle; Athena Moore, Director, Northern Manhattan Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; Dr. William Seraile, Historian, Association for the Study of African American Life and History; Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., Senior Pastor Emeritus, The Riverside Church in the City of New York; Henrique Prince, “Fiddler” – Ebony Hillbillies; Etta Dixon and Bernard Dove – Harlem Swing Dance Society; Joyce Adewumi, New York African Chorus

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2:00 PM14:00

National Park Service DC Emancipation Day at Lincoln Statue


·         2 - 5 pm Through a Child's Eyes -- Kids get to travel back in time with exciting programs designed just for them. Enjoy a puppet show, read stories about freedom and emancipation with a ranger, practice Civil War infantry drills, make your own monument (clay molding), and learn how to identify trees in Lincoln Park that have stood the test of time.

·         3:30 p.m. “The Lion’s Roar”—Frederick Douglass known as the “Lion of Anacostia,” delivered an unforgettable speech in Lincoln Park in 1876. See an actor dressed as Douglass perform an excerpt of that speech and bring it to life.

·         4:45 p.m. Rhythms Back Then—Enjoy live music from Federal City Brass Band as they perform music that would have been played on Emancipation Day 142 years ago. Dressed in Civil War uniforms, band members will use original instruments from the 1860s.

·         5:30 p.m. “Conflict of Commemoration”—Participate in a discussion about the significance of Emancipation Day and the meaning of the Emancipation statue.

·         6:30 p.m. A Moment in Time—Witness a grand reenactment of the moment in time Frederick Douglass stunned crowds at the 1876 dedication of the Emancipation statue. Enjoy music from a Civil War era band, see an actor portray “Frederick Douglass” and deliver his historic keynote address, listen to a live reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and see “President Grant” pull the lanyard to unveil the statue!

·         7:30 p.m. “National Treasure”—Join a ranger on a hunt for the hidden symbolism and meanings of the Emancipation statue.


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11:00 AM11:00

DC Emancipation Reading of the Names of the First Freed

  • African American Civil War Memorial (map)
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The District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act ended slavery in Washington DC by paying slave holders for releasing those whom they held in bondage. Although not written by him, the Act was signed into law by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln on April 16, 1862. 

Join us and members of the community at the African American Civil War Memorial as we read the names of those first freed 156 years ago. 

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5:00 PM17:00

Book Talk: They Knew Lincoln


First published in 1942, They Knew Lincoln by John E. Washington sold out, never to be reprinted, until now. The combined memoir and biography focuses on the personal relationships of African American people with President Lincoln: those who served the Lincolns and those who shaped Lincoln’s view on slavery. Noted historian Kate Masur's introduction details author Washington’s life and the importance of life stories. Masur will discuss the book with journalist and founder of "The Race Card Project," Michele Norris. Presented in honor of Emancipation Day and co-sponsored by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Free. Registration required.


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10:00 AM10:00

DC Emancipation Day Program: Reading Is Fundamental

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DC Emancipation Day Commemoration Program Hosted by DC Reading is Fundamental, Inc
This commemoration of the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act will kickoff with a program inside the African American Civil War Museum beginning at 10am. It will follow with a wreath laying at the African American Civil War Memorial.

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7:00 PM19:00

An Evening With Frederick Douglass

Charles Everett Pace, author, scholar, historian and actor, will bring his one man performance art to Brockton. As Mr. Douglass, he will present his thoughts concerning the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, William Lloyd Garrison, and his time in New England. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A from the audience. Light refreshments and a social will follow. Hosted by the Frederick Douglass Neighborhood Association of Brockton.



(774) 381-8050

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9:00 AM09:00

Symposium: A Call to Action: Abolition, Activism, and the Principled Life

Registration: $25 for Members (Whaling Museum, Rotch-Jones-Duff, or New Bedford Historical Society) | $35 for Non-members Tickets: www.rjdmuseum or whalingmuseum.org Brought to you by the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum, in partnership with the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the New Bedford Historical Society, and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

The constitution of the New Bedford Anti-Slavery Society was signed by more than 120 citizens of the town—men and women, black and white. William Rotch Jr. was the society’s first president, but his efforts to abolish slavery in the United States had begun almost a half-century earlier. A Call to Action aims to place Rotch’s life and activism in the contexts of his Quaker upbringing, the economic and political relations between North and South, and the lives of African Americans, both free and fugitive. From the era of the early republic to the Civil War, abolitionist sentiment and action made New Bedford a destination for African Americans escaping slavery. Here men and women making new lives in the North found opportunities for work and entrepreneurial advancement in an economy dominated by the whaling industry. A liberal tradition fostered in substantial measure by the town’s Quaker heritage combined with the abundant employment whaling offered both at sea and on shore to foster a diverse, relatively tolerant, and prosperous culture. Still, the connection between New Bedford’s wealth and the North’s dependence on the South has not been fully explored. A Call to Action will revisit and share these stories with an eye toward connecting them to issues affecting American society today, and it aims to serve as a foundation for continued conversations as we make choices about the fabric of our communities going forward.


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1:00 PM13:00

Frederick Douglass and Howard University, Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, Washington, DC

Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, 1538 9th Street NW

Local historian John Muller presents on the role that Frederick Douglass played in the first generation of Howard University’s history. Space limited to first 25 visitors.


Facebook: NPS.CAWO


Contact: Nate Johnson



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5:00 PM17:00

Frederick Douglass: A Mission to Create Images of Freedom and Dignity, Greenfield, MA

Frederick Douglass: A Mission to Create Images of Freedom and Dignity

An examination of the emerging role that photography played in helping create support and respect for Frederick Douglass and the anti-slavery movement.

Thursday, February 22 201812:30pm-1:30pm

C208 Community Room Greenfield Community College


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5:00 PM17:00

I Am Frederick Douglass, The Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

I AM Frederick Douglass

Friday, February 23, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm

The Lincoln Theatre

Washington, DC

Show starts at 7:00 PM

Please note admission is first come, first served. Tickets not required. RSVP's are for internal tracking purposes and do not guarantee admittance.


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4:30 PM16:30

Reading Frederick Douglass Together, MA

"Reading Frederick Douglass Together"

Mass Humanities

Mass Humanities coordinates annual public readings of Frederick Douglass’ famous Fourth of July address, “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. Where and how they do it and what they do before and after, are all up to the local event planners.

Schedule of events can be found here:


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7:00 PM19:00

"I am Frederick Douglass" Life and Legacy

I AM Frederick Douglass commemorates the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass by presenting excerpts of the film Enslavement to Emancipation, a panel discussion on the legacy of Frederick Douglass, musical performances by the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and a Douglass actor portrayal by LeCount Holmes, Jr.

Historic Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

This event is presented by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) in collaboration with the Mayor's Office on African Affairs (MOAA), the Mayor's Office on African American Affairs (MOAAA) and the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME).

To request a reasonable accommodation for this event, please contact Kali Wasenko at Kali.Wasenko@dc.gov or (202) 724-1445 at least five (5) days prior to the event.

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7:00 PM19:00

The Lincoln- Douglas(s) Debates, National Archives, Washington, DC

National Archives, McGowan Auditorium

Constitution Avenue near 7th Street

Join us for an unusual and lively performance featuring Abraham Lincoln (played by George Buss) and political opponent Stephen A. Douglas (portrayed by Tim Connors) as they look back to their famous debates over slavery and equality in the 1858 U.S. Senate campaign in Illinois. Following the first debate, we will present the “Unknown Lincoln-Douglass,” an “imagining” of a debate between Lincoln (portrayed by George Buss) and Frederick Douglass (portrayed by Phil Darius Wallace). Though they met at the White House several times, Abraham Lincoln and African American leader Frederick Douglass never publicly argued about the crucial issues of slavery, freedom, and racial justice. This is the Lincoln-Douglass debate that never happened—using words from their actual correspondence and commentary, historian Harold Holzer moderates and brings Lincoln and Douglass face-to-face for an unprecedented confrontation.



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12:00 PM12:00

Baltimore's Legends and Legacies Jubilee

  • Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum (map)
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In Honor of Black History Month and the bicentennial celebration of Frederick Douglass' birth, many of the city’s top cultural attractions will gather under one roof on February 17, 2018 for an afternoon of FREE interactive and family-friendly activities. Baltimore’s Legends & Legacies Jubilee invites everyone to embrace the city’s rich African American heritage and culture while encouraging inclusivity and community engagement. The 2018 event will feature more than a dozen exhibitors offering interactive activities at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum.


  • 12:00pm - 4:00pm Interactive exhibits from 15 of Baltimore's most exciting museums and attractions
  • 12:30pm - 1:00pm Opening Ceremony and Frederick Douglass Tribute w/ Mayor Catherine E. Pugh
  • 1:00pm - 1:30pm Angelo and Marie's Fantastic Bubble Show
  • 2:00pm - 2:30pm Our Voices singing competition w/ The Voice Finalist Davon Fleming
  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm Empowering fun w/ Culture Queen
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