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Reading Frederick Douglass Together

July 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT


The Somerville Museum will be hosting a reading of Frederick Douglass’ famous address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” delivered to an AntiSlavery Society in 1852. We will be part of a number of communities across the Commonwealth that are reading this address together and reflecting on our present and past.
Given the current pandemic conditions, this event will look different than last year. With the help of the Somerville Media Center, we will be creating a video that will consist of a collection of people pre-recording themselves reading sections of the famous speech. We will play the video on a live Zoom event on Thursday, July 2nd at 6:30pm followed by a discussion led by Keidrick Roy, our project scholar, who is a graduate student at Harvard University concentrating in American Studies and a Somerville resident.
Keidrick Roy is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at Harvard University. His dissertation explores race, religion, and political philosophy in European and American intellectual history. In 2018 Keidrick co-curated an exhibit on the postbellum writings of Frederick Douglass for the American Writers Museum in Chicago, and he is currently working on an exhibition for the Houghton Library at Harvard University entitled “Reframing the Racial State.” Keidrick is a former military nuclear operations officer and Instructor of English at the United States Air Force Academy. Keidrick is a Somerville Museum and Advisory Council member, and will be leading our Summer Discussion Series, “Race, Fragility, and Anti-Racism” beginning on July 1st. For more information check out www.somervillemuseum.org.
The cost for this event is free, and all are encouraged to participate.
A link with event information will be sent prior to the event.
Donations are always welcome (https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/somerville-museum-covid-19-emergency-fund)

This event and program is supported and funded by Mass Humanities and NEH.
Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


July 2
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Event Category:


Somerville Museum
Somerville Media Center


Zoom Lecture