Frederick Douglass’ Descendants Deliver His July 4th Speech Nearly 150 Years Later


Nearly 150 years ago, Frederick Douglass gave a groundbreaking speech, “What is a Slave to the 4th of July?” Now, as the U.S. is in the middle of celebrating this Independence Day, there is a newfound nationwide unrest that calls for systemic reform across the board. Voices have been rising up in the form of protests from every ethnic group with a resounding voice that challenges the system to finally say, “yes, Black Lives do matter.”

Some of these new voices are the descendants of Douglas himself. In this short film above, published by NPR, five young descendants of Frederick Douglass read and respond to excerpts of his famous speech

Here’s an excerpt: