[act-ma] 7/1 The Declaration of (Whose?) Independence Wed
janet at communitychangeinc.org
Mon Jun 22 08:52:38 PDT 2009
Community Change, Inc
Challenging Structural Racism since 1968
THE DECLARATION OF (WHOSE?) INDEPENDENCE
A Round-Robin Reading of Frederick Douglass’
The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro
July 1, 2009 (Wednesday)
Community Change Library on Racism
14 Beacon Street, Room 605
Please join Community Change staff and friends for a round-robin
reading/reflection/discussion of The Meaning of July 4th for the
Negro, a speech delivered by Frederick Douglass on July 5, 1852 in
We will start by taking turns reading Douglass’ powerful exposition
of the hypocrisy of a nation celebrating its declaration of
independence while at the same time holding 4 million enslaved
Africans in cruel bondage. We will then discuss how this speech
connects to our “Independence Day” of 2009.
It may seem that we have moved beyond race in the 105 years that
separate us from Douglass’ eloquent rage against slavery, especially
since the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States.
And yet, when we remember that our current economic recession was
brought on, in large part, predatory lending schemes targeting people
of color, when we remember that our incarceration rate, 1 in 100, is
the highest in the world, disproportionately penalizing men of color,
and when we reflect on the learning opportunity gap in our schools
that deprives our lower income urban and rural children of a quality
education, Douglass’ words are discomfortingly appropriate
descriptions of our time.
Please join us on July 1 from 12 noon-1:30 p.m. at the Community
Change Library on Racism, 14 Beacon Street, Room 605, Boston MA for
the discussion on race, racism in the United States of today. There
is no admission charge.
For more information, call 1-617-523-0555. For a copy of the speech,
go to: http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/douglassjuly4.html).
We will read an abridged version of the speech, available at the event.
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