Renaissance House Retreat for Writers & Artists invites the public to celebrate Independence Day by participating in the 12th annual dramatic reading of Frederick Douglass' powerful landmark speech "What Does the Fourth of July Mean to the Negro?"
Readers of all ages are invited to help bring the words of Frederick Douglass to life. Each volunteer reader will recite different sections of the 10,000-plus word address Douglass wrote during American slavery in 1852. Although it's been 167 years since Frederick Douglass delivered his Fourth of July speech at a convention in Rochester, New York, the message is especially resonating during today's turbulent political era.
Volunteer readers are requested to arrive by 4 p.m. The reading begins at 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend the performance.
Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 4:30pm
Seaview Avenue, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557