On July 5, 1852, the great orator Frederick Douglass delivered a speech on the “Meaning of the Fourth of July,” now considered one of the best speeches of the 19th century. Twelve years before the Civil War, and speaking as a man who had escaped enslavement, he pondered the meaning of celebrating independence when many were not free, were not even considered full human beings and citizens.
Join us as we listen to excerpts from the speech, and then consider together the impact of Douglass’ words not only on his audience in 1852 but on us today. How relevant are his words in today’s American culture? Our hope is that we are a place where we can have conversations about race, racism and racial justice that just aren’t happening very many places.
Creativity: Sarah Zahnstecher, an artist and experienced art therapist, will lead a participative program exploring creativity. (Colloquy provides opportunities for each of us to reflect on our own lives in relationship to the topic and listen and learn from one another, within the format of a sharing circle.)
Program followed by snacks and coffee/tea — please feel free to bring something to share!
May theme: creativity. What does it mean to be a person of creativity? What does it mean to be a community of creativity?