Frederick Douglass Communal Reading 2020

Date: July 1, 2020 at 2-4pm (cable), online after 4pm

Join a communal reading of Frederick Douglass' powerful 1852 keynote address "What To A Slave is the Fourth of July?" This event will broadcast from 2-4pm on WCCA-TV (channel 193) and simulcast on, and will be available on demand at after.

 After 4pm on July 1, visit for a musical performance by Shantell and a presentation from Amy Richter, Associate Professor of History at Clark University. Richter will frame and facilitate a discussion about Frederick Douglass and the struggle for women's suffrage. The topic is fitting as 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote. Focusing on this aspect of Douglass' activism will raise timely questions about solidarity and allyship across differences. 

Frederick Douglass Communal Reading 2020 is funded by Mass Humanities and supported by Worcester Roots Project, Clemente Courses for the Humanities, Women in Action, City of Worcester Office of the City Manager, Worcester Cultural Coalition, WCCA-TV, and Black Seed Farmers.