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Reflecting on July 4th 2017

Reflecting on July 4th 2017 Posted on July 4, 2017Leave a comment

Reflecting on July 4th 2017 – The words of Fredrick Douglass are still very relevant today. On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) gave one of his most famous speeches, “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro.” He was addressing the Rochester Ladies Antislavery Society. James Earl Jones does a powerful reading of Douglass’ words that I hope you take the time to hear. The Fourth of July seems a very appropriate time to revisit this address.The photograph shown here was made by George K. Warren in 1884.

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