Three Ways to Get Involved

Nov 2, 2022

Welcome back to the Douglass Day newsletter!

Mary Ann Shadd Cary spent her lifetime organizing in many ways. She was a teacher, newspaper editor, Civil War recruiter, lawyer, and so much more. Like Shadd Cary, we’re here to help you get organized! 

There are three ways to get involved for Douglass Day 2023. This newsletter provides basic info and resources to get you started. Registration is now open!

Register for Douglass Day


Douglass Day has a long history of celebrations full of songs, speeches, and food! We offer an “Organizer’s Kit” with just about everything you’ll need to host an event for Douglass Day: planning suggestions, flyers, schedules, tutorials, and lots more to come. 

Organizing Toolkit


Did you know that Douglass Day began in school classrooms? We aim to stay true to those roots. Sign up today to get updates on teaching resources that can help bring Douglass Day into your classroom.

Participate Online

Every year, we are delighted to be joined by people in their homes and offices around the world. Join us on your own or with a few friends! In the weeks leading up to February 14, we will share resources on how you can transcribe with us from anywhere. And don’t forget to catch the livestream on YouTube and post on Instagram and Twitter with #DouglassDay.

Meet the 2023 Douglass Day Team!

We have a wonderful team planning Douglass Day 2023 across diverse committees—Zooniverse, Digital Collections, Communications, Outreach, and Broadcast. Our members range from Penn State to Queen’s University and from different backgrounds, disciplines, and interests. Stay tuned for more behind the scenes action in future newsletters leading up to Douglass Day 2023 in February!

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Responding to the Dred Scott decision and Black leaders protesting in Philadelphia, Mary Ann Shadd Cary wrote:

“The resolutions are strong and pointed, but why not go farther? This is not the time for strong words only; when all realize the yoke so forcibly as now, why not act? Protests are well enough in their way, but to be of effect, they must point to determined action. Do the Purvises, Remonds, and others who took part in the meeting intend to stay in the U. States? If so, the resolutions amount to nothing; if not, why not say so, friends? Your national ship is rotten sinking; why not leave it, and why not say so boldly, manfully?”