Welcome to Douglass Day!
February 14, 2020
12 PM – 3 PM (EST)
Registration now open!
Douglass Day 2020
On Valentine’s Day 2020, we invite you to a birthday party for Frederick Douglass. Although Douglass was born into bondage, and never knew his birthdate, he chose to celebrate every year on February 14th. We celebrate this day as a moment for preserving Black history together.
This year, we will feature the papers of Anna Julia Cooper. (That’s Cooper above with her statue of Douglass.) Join us online or organize an event in your area. We’ll have a transcribe-a-thon, plus reading groups, lesson plans, and live video broadcast — all on February 14th!
“When and where I enter… the whole race enters with me.”—Anna Julia Cooper
On February 14
- Transcribe-a-thon featuring Cooper’s papers
- Readings & discussions of Cooper’s writing
- A live video broadcast from Washington, D.C.
- Lots of social media, birthday cake, and singing!
How can I get involved?
1. Join us online!
Douglass Day will feature an online transcribe-a-thon on Zooniverse. We’ll have a live video broadcast on YouTube, and many of our teams will be active on social media using #DouglassDay.
2. Organize an event with your school or group!
We can help you host a local event on Douglass Day. We have guides & resources for holding a transcribe-a-thon or a reading group. Plus, we’ll be introducing lesson plans for K-12 teachers. Check it all out in our organizer’s kit!
3. Find a local event to attend.
Many local events are open to the public. In January, we will post a list of Douglass Day events around the country & across the world. Watch this space!
Douglass Day 2020 is presented by
The Colored Conventions Project, the Anna Julia Cooper Digital Project, The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University, the Princeton University Center for Digital Humanities, and the Pennsylvania State University Libraries and the College of Liberal Arts.
The transcribe-a-thon is made possible by training and generosity of the Zooniverse non-profit organization. We extend special thanks for support to the American Studies Association for a Community Partnership Grant.