In light of the debate of the celebration of the Fourth of July, activist and celebrities came together to read Frederick Douglass phenomenal, 1852, 4th of July speech, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” presented July 5th, to give clarity to what is truly being celebrated by whom, why and why not.
The live reading that comes via Roland Martins youtube show features readings by Roland Martin, Mark Thompson, Brittany Packnett, Bree Newsome, Kristen Clarke, Greg Carr, Tamika Mallory, Pastor Jamal Bryant, Aisha Danielle Moodie Mills, Danielle Moodie Mills, Samuel L. Jackson, Jelani Cobb, Phillip Agnew, Tiffany Loftin, Laz Alonso, Chuck D, Avis Jones DeWeever, Paulette Washington, Monique Pressley, Pastor Frederick Haynes, Rev. William Barber, Rev. Kenneth Whalum, Shireen Mitchell, and Erika Alexander
See the celebration in the reading in the exclusive video below