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Reading Frederick Douglass in Tunbridge

When Frederick Douglass was asked to speak at a Fourth of July gathering in 1852, he surprised his audience with a voice that was more challenging than it was celebratory. As an African-American abolitionist, Douglass shocked the audience by pointedly describing how patriotism shines brightest when Americans ask our country to grow and become as great as the Declaration of Independence suggests we can be.

This Sunday, June 30 (at 6:30pm) will see our annual reading of Frederick Douglass’ speech reflecting on “What the Fourth of July Means to the Negro.” All are invited to come participate in the reading or listen as we share this inspiring and challenging work. Discussion and refreshments will follow.