Discussion Group: Frederick Douglass

Join the library on three consecutive Mondays at noon beginning June 15 for a Frederick Douglass discussion group.

The life of civil rights leader and abolitionist Frederick Douglass was uniquely storied. Douglass was an accomplished writer and storyteller and a deep thinker of theology, justice, and art history. 

In three sessions we’ll discuss the life and work of Frederick Douglass with passages to read and art to look at. No need to read or prepare in advance. Show up virtually via Zoom and we will read aloud and discuss together. No need to come to all three sessions, participate as you wish. 

Monday, June 15, 12-1pm, Session 1. We’ll read short selected excerpts from the Pulitzer Prize winning biography Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight and the Autobiography of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Multiple copies of each are available for loan

Monday, June 22, 12-1pm, Session 2. We’ll read  from a selection of works by contemporaries of Frederick Douglass and discuss topics relating to the social movement of abolition. 

Monday, June 29, 12-1pm, Session 3. We’ll read excerpts from the Frederick Douglass’s “Pictures and Progress” and discuss his vision of justice using artwork by contemporary black artists 

Plans for the library’s annual community reading of “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” are in the works. An online zoom reading of the speech will take place the evening of Monday, July 6 at 6:30. Watch this space for more information.