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The speech in

The speech in

Haitian Creole




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The speech

in Spanish

AS OF JUNE 20, WE ARE FULLY SUBSCRIBED ! No more readers are needed.  Our thanks to all who stepped forward! Stay tuned for information on when our podcast will be available.

Our FIFTH Annual Reading of Frederick Douglass' iconic speech "What To The Slave is the 4th of July" will be in a different format in 2020, due to the COVID19 pandemic.

We are delighted to work with Emmy Award Winning producer Noube Rateau and Noube Productions to create a podcast of the speech.  Mr. Rateau will also merge the audio files with images to create a video production of the speech.

We will read the speech as One Community With Many Voices - some will read in English, and some will read in the language of their ancestors to honor our roots, and pay homage to the diversity that is Brockton.

To volunteer to read a paragraph, contact the FDNA President John Drusinkskas at


He will advise of the paragraphs that may still be available to read.  He will then give further instructions on how to connect with Noube Productions to record your choice.

To read the MassHumanities version of the speech which we use as our template, click on the pdf file.

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