Welcome back to the Douglass Day Newsletter!
We are less than a month away from the biggest birthday party of the year! As you plan for Douglass Day, please see below for information on our 2023 swag, flyers, previews, and birthday cake contest.
We are excited to reveal that Emmy-Award winning actor Keith David will be performing a speech by Frederick Douglass! The virtual performance is scheduled for February 8, 2023.
And there’s still time to register! Join us for Douglass Day 2023!
Douglass Day Swag and Graphics
Our Organizing Kit includes all of our special graphics like stickers and Zoom backgrounds that you can download and customize for your in-person and hybrid events!
We make it easy to order stickers & buttons!
The only thing you have to do is click the links below or on our website’s flyers & graphics page and our stickers and buttons are ready to purchase!
Our ready-to-order swag:
- Mary Ann Shadd Cary “Transcribe Shadd Cary” Sticker
- Mary Ann Shadd Cary “Why Not Go Farther?” Sticker
- Frederick Douglass Sticker
- Mary Ann Shadd Cary “We Should Do More and Talk Less” Mini Button
- Mary Ann Shadd Cary Mini Button
To help you prepare for your Douglass Day event, we are holding a short info session on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at 12 PM EST. This session will offer information about and a preview of the day of program format, transcription tutorials, and Q&A.
If you registered as an organizer, we will send a Zoom link prior to the event. For those who can’t make it, we will make the video accessible on our YouTube channel!
The Frederick Douglass Project
Want to learn and hear more about Frederick Douglass? Tune into this free and live online reading production, The Frederick Douglass Project, presented by Theater of War productions on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 6 PM!
Emmy Award-winning actor Keith David (of films including Nope, Platoon, and Armageddon) will give a dramatic reading of a speech delivered by Douglass at the National Convention of Colored Men in Louisville, Kentucky, on September 24, 1883.
His speech answered the posed question—why are we holding this convention?
The virtual event will include a dramatic reading, a presentation by a community panel, and a moderated townhall-style audience discussion. The goal is to foster compassion and embrace positive action.
The Great Douglass Day Bake-off
What is a birthday celebration without birthday cake? Make your best cakes and desserts and post them on Twitter (@DouglassDayOrg) using #DouglassDay. You’ll be entered into the GDDBO contest–with special prizes for our top favorites!
“You are to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to break every yoke and to let the oppressed go free.”
—Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Chatham, Canada, April 6, 1858