"What," asked Frederick Douglass, "to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?"
Before the Fourth of July was about firecrackers and hot dogs, it was about reflecting on the state of our democracy. This summer, consider the meaning of American Freedom by reading the greatest speech ever written on American Slavery. On July 2, we read Douglass' powerful oratory together, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which paved the way for the volunteers of the famous 54th Massachusetts Regiment and their fight for freedom and citizenship in the United States.
July 2, noon
Boston Common, Statehouse
One person shows up with a poster.
Another with a mike.
A third with a stack of speeches.