Frederick Douglass, Agitator @ American Writers Museum

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About this event:

Created by Nancy Bishop

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Frederick Douglass, ca. 1879. George K. Warren. (National Archives Gift)

WHAT: The Agitator Broadcast will feature a reading of Frederick Douglass’ memoir, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, published in 1845, by a group of notable writers and creators.

SO WHAT: Featured readers are:
Dr. Haki Madhubuti, Poet, Founder and Publisher Emeritus, Third World Press, Educator and Institution Builder
Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic and institution builder
Nora Brooks Blakely, Writer and President, Brooks Permissions; Daughter of Gwendolyn Brooks
Maudlyne Ihejirika, Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times
Layla F. Saad, Author, Me and White Supremacy
Angélique Roché, Cultural Journalist
Dr. John Stauffer, Professor of English and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University
Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award-winning author & educator
Mikki Kendall, Author, Hood Feminism and Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists
Dr. Ivy Wilson, Professor of English and American Studies, Northwestern University
Colin Johnson, Grandson of Maya Angelou and Activist
Kenneth B. Morris Jr., Co-Founder and President of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and great-great-great-grandson of Frederick Douglass

NOW WHAT: Tune in on Facebook or YouTube on Thursday, June 11, beginning at 12noon. Following the premiere, this reading will all be available on Facebook and YouTube.


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