July 3, 2017
Reading, 1-2pm; Performance, 5-6pm
700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
Independence Day - Frederick Douglass: The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro
1 - 2pm: Frederick Douglass: The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro -- In a July 5, 1852, speech to a group of abolitionists, Frederick Douglass reminded them that for slaves and former slaves, the Declaration of Independence represented the unfulfilled promise of liberty for all. Phil Darius Wallace will give a dramatic reading of excerpts from the speech, followed by a discussion with Nathan Johnson, Supervisory Park Ranger at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, and Robert S. Levine, author of The Lives of Frederick Douglass. A book signing will follow the program.
5 - 6pm: Performance by GottaSwing on Constitution Avenue steps