The event is sponsored by Historic Newton with funding from Mass Humanities and will coincide with similar readings around the state.
Frederick Douglas was an ex-slave, a tireless and fearless abolitionist, a writer, an agitator, but most of all an orator. This speech, perhaps his most well known, is an incredibly powerful and deeply moving piece of writing, but even more it’s a beautifully crafted piece of oratory meant to stir, disturb, and move people to action. The speech was delivered in 1852 but is still relevant today.
I read it this morning in preparation for Friday’s event. Even on the printed page this speech reaches out and grabs you, shakes you, and gets your heart pounding.