Topeka Reads Frederick Douglass

(includes video) In the historic summer of 2020, amidst a global pandemic and nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism, Arts Connect in Topeka, KS, produced a video to celebrate the speech of Frederick Douglass which he gave on July 5, 1852, titled, What, to the Slave, is the Fourth of July?

William L. Domme joined around 40 other speakers to share in the reading of this powerful speech which you can watch here. “It was an honor and a pleasure to read a small part of those words with some of the most genuine people creating and living in Topeka today.” – WLD.

Readers included the Kansas Poet Laureate, Huascar Medina, City Councilwoman, Hannah Naeger, Annette Billings, James Bugg, Veronica Byrd, Ariane Davis, Lisa Davis, William Domme, Gary E. Douglas, Glenda DuBoise, Sue Edgerton-Johnson, Dennis Etzel, Jr., Erica Garcia, Annastasia Glover, Rodney Harmon, Tara Hartley, SJ Hazim, Marty Hillard, Councilwoman Karen Hiller, Sara Hoyer, Lorna Jarrett, Raymond Jarrett, Jr., Kara Kendall-Morwick, Michelle Kirk, Louise Krug, Community Advocate Shampayne Lloyd, Oshara Meesha, William Naeger, Dr. Beryl A. New, Dané Shobe, Ashanti Spears, Matt Spezia, Maren Turner, Kamahra Walker, and Glenda Washington.

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