Grafton – This year, the nation celebrates the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass. Commemorate the life and legacy of this distinguished 19th century statesman, civil rights advocate and journalist, and especially his fierce determination to address the contradictions of American society. Celebrate Douglass’s commitment to equal justice, particularly as they relate to race, gender and immigration. The Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton & Upton (UUSGU) is sponsoring and leading Reading Frederick Douglas Together: a public reading of his famous Fourth of July address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
The event will be held on July 5 on Grafton Common, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The rain location is Apple Tree Arts, 1 Grafton Common. Those attending the event are encouraged to bring a picnic. Event organizers will provide lemonade, water, and desserts.
The schedule includes a music program presented by the Blackstone Valley Chorus, with singers from Apple Tree Arts and UUSGU at 5:30 p.m.; the reading of the Frederick Douglass speech at 6 p.m.; and a follow-up discussion led by Donna Maria Cameron at 6:45 p.m. The reading will be followed by a discussion group(s) to explore the meaning and relevance of Douglass’ words to each of us today, particularly as they relate to race, gender, and immigration.
This program is produced in partnership with the Friends of the Grafton Public Library, Grafton Historical Society, and Apple Tree Arts. It is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Volunteers to assist with the event are needed; contact Suzanne Maas at [email protected] to volunteer.
This event is appropriate for teens and adults. Please register online at www.graftonlibrary.org/events or call 508-839-4649. Earn the tickets for the Grafton Public Library Summer Reading Program Libraries Rock! by attending. Listening to the reading counts towards the Read to Bead Program!