When: Thu., June 30, Fri., July 1, Sun., July 3, Mon., July 4, Tue., July 5, Wed., July 6 and Tue., July 12 2016
On July 5, 1852, the abolitionist leader and former slave Frederick Douglass gave a speech at the Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society in Rochester, N.Y. Although a day late, the event was meant to commemorate Independence Day. “Americans,” Douglass exhorted, “you boast of your love of liberty, your superior civilization and your pure Christianity, while the whole political power of the nation is solemnly pledged to support and perpetuate the enslavement of three millions of your countrymen.” His words are centuries old, but they’re still spoken aloud in an attempt to agitate and address current social problems. The Vermont Humanities Council honors Douglass with readings across Vermont in the days leading up to and after the Fourth of July.