When you think of “Independence Day,” what do you think about?

“Above your national, tumultuous joy, I hear the mournful wails of millions! whose chains, heavy and grievous yesterday, are today, more intolerable by the jubilee shouts that reach them.”

-Frederick Douglass, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

This Fourth of July, please join us to view a community reading of what is considered by many to be a “rhetorical masterpiece,” as we take a moment to reflect on the significance of July 4, 1776. Bob Stanton is a life member of ASALH. The Executive Director, Sylvia Cyrus, National Secretary Kaye Wise Whitehead, and other ASALH members and friends are featured in this reading. 

This Fourth of July, please join The National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom at 11:00 a.m. EST for the premiere viewing of a Community Reading of “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” by Frederick Douglass.

Click here to see a special message from Robert Stanton, former director, National Park Service and the Community Reading which will be posted on July 4.