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Reading Frederick Douglass Together, July 5

July 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Reading Frederick Douglass Together

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On July 5, 1852, abolitionist Frederick Douglass spoke in Rochester, New York about the hypocrisy of a nation celebrating its freedom when millions of its people were bound by slavery. Through his speech, Douglass held up a mirror to the nation’s values, emphasizing the cruel irony of the independence day celebration.

The injustice that still simmers in our country makes the Frederick Douglass speech as relevant today as it was in 1852.

The Social Justice Committee of Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton & Upton has organized local nonprofits to gather people of all backgrounds and ages on Grafton Common to experience the moving words of Frederick Douglass’ famous speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

The event will be held on July 5, 2018 on Grafton Common beginning at 5:30 pm. (Rain location; Apple Tree Arts, 1 Grafton Common)

Those attending the event are encouraged to bring a picnic. Event organizers will provide lemonade, water, and desserts.

5:30 – A music program will be presented by the Blackstone Valley Chorus, with singers from Apple Tree Arts and UUSGU.

6:00 – Reading of the Frederick Douglass speech.

6:45 – Follow-up discussion lead by Donna Maria Cameron. The reading will be followed by a discussion group(s) to explore the meaning and relevance of Douglass’ words to each of us today, particularly as they relate to race, gender, and immigration.

Event Sponsors:

Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton & Upton

Grafton Historical Society

Grafton Public Library

Friends of the Grafton Public Library

Apple Tree Arts

Mass Humanities

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July 5
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm