Welcome to Douglass Day!
February 14, 2020
12 PM – 3 PM (EST)
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. Today we celebrate Douglass Day as a collective action for preserving Black history together.
Join us online or at local events to help transcribe, read, and teach the papers of Anna Julia Cooper, a visionary Black feminist. Her work influenced generations, yet today she is under appreciated. Help us share her writings & legacy with future generations!
How can I get involved?
1. Organize an event with your school or group!
You can host a local event on Douglass Day. We can help! We have guides for each activity, along with resources and templates for just about everything in our easy-to-use planning kit! Choose from these activities:
- Transcribe Cooper’s papers online
- Read & discuss an essay by Cooper with our guide.
- Plus K-12 lesson plans for transcribing and readings!
2. Find a local event to attend.
Many local events are open to the public. Browse a map of these locations on this page.
3. Anyone can join us online!
- Live video broadcast on YouTube.
- Chat on social media with #DouglassDay.
“When and where I enter… the whole race enters with me.”—Anna Julia Cooper
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 Penn State University Libraries, Penn State’s Center for Humanities and Information, and the Penn State College of the 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.