The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro: Frederick Douglass at the Massachusetts State House Join Mass Humanities in a shared public reading of a masterful and rousing speech. "Fellow citizens, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today? What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?" Rain or Shine! (If it rains, the reading will take place in the State House.) Partnering with Mass Humanities in this project are Community Change Inc., the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Boston African American National Historic Site, the New Bedford Historical Society and others.