The Fourth of July speech of Frederick Douglass in 1852 is sadly valid today in 2018. DemocracyNow began their July 4th programming with a reading of the speech by actor James Earl Jones. Below is the article.
Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass became a key leader of the abolitionist movement. On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, he gave one of his most famous speeches, “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro.” He was addressing the Rochester Ladies Antislavery Society. This is actor James Earl Jones reading the speech during a performance of historian Howard Zinn’s acclaimed book, “Voices of a People’s History of the United States.”