The Universe of Frederick Douglass

Join us this summer for readings, conversations, and art tours inspired by the Universe of Frederick Douglass.

This year’s national summer reading theme is Universe of Stories. The 19th century universe of civil rights abolitionist Frederick Douglass was uniquely storied. Douglass was an accomplished writer and storyteller, but also a deep thinker of theology, justice, and art history.

A Community Reading of “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” In being asked to speak at a commemoration for the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Douglass declared “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.” All ages invited to join in the reading.

Conversation on Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. A presentation, conversation and discussion on the biography Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight. All adult ages welcome.

Art Tour. We’ll take a tour of the Hood Museum of Art to to make connections between art on view and themes of social justice. All adult ages welcome, with advanced registration to roger.arnold@norwichlibrary.org appreciated.

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