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Reading Frederick Douglass Together @ Bow Market

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Reading Frederick Douglass Together @ Bow Market

The Somerville Museum hosts an annual reading of Frederick Douglass’ famous address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” delivered to an AntiSlavery Society in 1852. We are part of a number of communities across the Commonwealth that read this address together and reflect on our past and present. We’re also joining forces with the local organization, Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS). This program is organized, supported, and sponsored by Mass Humanities.

Join us as we celebrate the legacy of Frederick Douglass by reading together one of his most famous addresses. The reading and discussion are led by our Project Scholar and this year, we're lucky to have Kyera Singleton in that role. Attendees are encouraged to participate by queuing up to read passages of Douglass' famous speech, followed by an open discussion. This event is free and all are encouraged to attend and participate. Please RSVP through this link to receive updated details and information. This event has a distinct start and stopping point so be sure to arrive on time.

Want to learn more? Check out our website for details about past events. In 2020, we hosted this event virtually and created a video of community members reading passages. We then previewed the video on a virtual zoom event and livestreamed it to the community. The Somerville Museum and the Reading Frederick Douglass event was featured on CBS' Sunday News with Jane Pauley. You can check out that video here: https://www.somervillemuseum.org/reading-frederick-douglass-together2020

Kyera Singleton is the Executive Director of the Royal House and Slave Quarters in Medford, MA and a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in the Department of American Culture. Currently, she serves as an American Democracy Fellow at the Warren Center at Harvard University. Kyera has held academic fellowships from the Beinecke Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, and the American Association of University Women (AAUW). From 2018 through 2019, she served as the Humanity in Action Policy Fellow for the ACLU of Georgia. As a policy fellow, and under the mentorship of Andrew Young, she focused on mass incarceration, reproductive justice, and voting rights. She also created the ACLU-GA’s first podcast series, “Examining Justice,” in order to highlight the voices of both community activists and policy makers in the fight for racial, gender, and transformative justice. As a public history scholar, she recently served as an advisor on the Boston Art Commission’s Recontextualization subcommittee for the bronze Emancipation Group Statue. Kyera is also a member of the Board of Public Humanities Fellows at Brown University, which brings together a collection of museum leaders from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

Special thanks to @bowmarket for their support and use of their space.

This program is made possible by a grant from Mass Humanities, which provided funding through "A More Perfect Union," a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Bow Market
04:30 PM - 06:00 PM on Thu, 30 Jun 2022

Event Supported By

The Somerville Museum
(617) 666-9810

Bow Market

1 Bow Market Way
Somerville, Massachusetts 02143