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VIDEO: Frederick Douglass' Descendants Deliver His 'Fourth Of July' Speech (npr.org)

The U.S. celebrates this Independence Day amid calls for systemic reform. In this film, five descendants of Frederick Douglass read excerpts of his speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"

Black Lives Matter May Be the Largest Movement in U.S. History (nytimes.com)

Recent polls suggest that about 15 million to 26 million people in the U.S. have participated in recent protests.

‘What To The Slave Is The Fourth Of July?’: Descendants Read Frederick Douglass' Speech | NPR (youtube.com)

The U.S. celebrates this Independence Day amid nationwide protests and calls for systemic reforms. In this short film, five young descendants of Frederick Do...

Dionne Brand: On narrative, reckoning and the calculus of living and dying (thestar.com)

“I’ve developed an aversion to that word normal ... now, I find it noxious”

A Nation's Story: "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" (nmaahc.si.edu)

In July of 1852, Frederick Douglass delivered a speech titled “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?,” a call for the promise of liberty be applied equally to all Americans. Douglass’s speech emphasized that American slavery and American freedom is a shared history and that the actions of ordinary men and women, demanding freedom, transformed our nation.

A Reading of "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro" by the Harvard Community (youtube.com)

The William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice at Harvard Kennedy School presents "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro." A reading of porti...

White allies, stop asking me if I'm OK. Black people are not OK (salon.com)

Could I contract the coronavirus while protesting? Yes. But racism is a virus, too

Books (disabilityvisibilityproject.com)

Available by pre-order now!    Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the 21st Century Edited by Alice Wong Vintage / June 30, 2020 Pre-order paperback, e-book, audiobook (mult…

Mississippi election commissioner's social media comment about Black voters causes uproar (hattiesburgamerican.com)

A Jones County election commissioner is under fire for making a comment about Blacks holding voter registration drives, unlike "people in Mississippi."

Soledad O’Brien: A MeToo Moment for Journalists of Color (nytimes.com)

We’re finally feeling empowered to speak openly about racism in the newsroom.

Frederick Douglass, Seen Up Close (nytimes.com)

Yale has acquired a renowned private collection relating to the abolitionist and orator, including rarely seen family scrapbooks that offer a window onto his complicated private life.

Angela Davis on Abolition, Calls to Defund Police, Toppled Racist Statues & Voting in 2020 Election (democracynow.org)

Amid a worldwide uprising against police brutality and racism, we discuss the historic moment with legendary scholar and activist Angela Davis. She also responds to the destruction and removal of racist monuments in cities across the United States, and the 2020 election.

James Baldwin Was Right All Along (theatlantic.com)

The writer and activist has the painful, powerful words for this political moment. America just needs to heed them.