“What to the Negro is 4th of July?” James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ Historic Speech

On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, Douglass gave one of his most famous speeches, “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro.” He was addressing the Rochester Ladies Antislavery Society at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, held at Rochester’s Corinthian Hall. It was biting oratory, in which the … Continue reading “What to the Negro is 4th of July?” James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ Historic Speech