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The Roundtable

Ideas Matter - Reading Frederick Douglass


  Today we check in with Mass Humanities about their annual program organizing shared public readings of nineteenth-century abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass’ 1852 Fourth of July address, "The Meaning of the Fourth of July to the Negro."

We are joined by Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the W.E.B. DuBois Center at UMass, Amherst, and Pleun Bouricius, Director of Grants and Programs at Mass Humanities. With them, we will explore the relevance of Frederick Douglass' words today, and learn more about what it takes to organize a reading.

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