In 1852, Frederick Douglass delivered a speech titled "What To The Slave Is The Fourth Of July?" With today's explosion of intersectional social movements around income inequality, undocumented migrants, #blacklivesmatter, LGBTQ rights, women's rights and more, it is time for a still-young nation to hear his inspiring and eviscerating words once more. On July 1, 2016 Baratunde delivered this same speech, directed by Mikhael Tara Garver and produced by her team, at the Dweck Center theatre downstairs at the Brooklyn Public Library.



"What to the slave is the 4th of July" by Frederick Douglass performed and anotated by Baratunde thurston