Does a Frederick Douglass Speech From 1852 Ring True in 2017?

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass took the podium in Rochester, New York in 1852 to ask, “What to the Slave is The Fourth of July?” TheVillageCelebration invited stage and screen actor, Antonio Vargas, to read the famous speech. As you listen, what are your thoughts?

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