Frederick Douglass was born a slave on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1818 and learned to read and write, a practice that was illegal for slaves. He was so determined to learn that he bribed white children with biscuits to teach him words. Masters tried to “break” his will and spirit with whippings that almost killed him, but they never did. When he was about 20, he escaped, and often referred to himself as a “thief” for stealing himself away from his owner. He married, had a family, founded his own newspaper and became a famous abolitionist and women’s suffragist
Nathan M. Richardson, Poet, Author and Spoken Word Performer captures completely the physical and spiritual essence of the great writer, orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. This one hour presentation will feature Frederick Douglass speaking in vivid detail about his life as a slave, his escape to freedom and his rise as a great writer, orator and abolitionist. Mr. Douglass will recite brief 4 - 5 minute excerpts from any two of the following historic speeches; "What to the Slave is the 4th of July ", "Lecture on Haiti", "The Church and Prejudice", "Self Made Men" or "Women's Suffrage". Concluding the program with an unscripted Q & A session between Mr. Douglass and the audience.
Admission to the event is $5.00 for members and $8.00 for not-yet members. Tickets can be purchased online through this website or at the door.