Frederick Douglass’ Fourth of July Speech

Frederick Douglass' Fourth of July Speech


Monday, February 11

On Monday, February 11 at 6 p.m., take part in a public participatory reading of Frederick Douglass’s famous Fourth of July Address at the Rockingham Library’s Top Floor Meeting Room.  

Forty-four readers are needed in all to read short consecutive sections of Douglass’s speech which challenges the audience, “What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?  Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us?”  Thirty minutes is all that is needed to read this abridged version of the speech out loud as a community. 

Pick up a printed section of the speech at the Rockingham Library’s front desk today and then join other community members in a shared reading on Monday, February, 13 at 6 p.m.  

This program is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 802-463-4270, email[email protected]or go