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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Worcester City Hall Common
- Reading of Frederick Douglass’ famous July 4th speech.
Organized by Future Focus Media
Funded by the Worcester Arts Council
Supported by Mass Cultural Council, Mass Humanities and the City of Worcester
Speech Text Here.
Cedric Arno, Frederick Douglass Reading July 1, 2014
cedric photo FD 2014
Frederick Douglass speech brought to life on Worcester Common – Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com
Worcester was bustling on Saturday, August 17th with the Latin American Festival taking place on the Worcester Common, which featured some amazing music, food and fun for everyone in the family.
The same could be said of Crompton Place, which played host to the first ‘SOLEcial Studies Back-to-School Buy, Sell & Trade Sneaker Event’.
First and foremost, we have to say “Thank you” to Mr. & Mrs. Lorusso who allowed us to have the event in the beautiful Crompton Place. Continue reading New England Sneakerheads: A SOLEcial Affair
Future Focus Media Co-op and OSDlive.com will sponsor the “SOLEcial Studies Back-to-School Buy, Sell & Trade Sneaker Event” on Saturday, August 17th from 1-6 p.m. at Crompton Place, located at 138 Green Street, Worcester, MA, in the eclectic Canal District. All proceeds will benefit the rebuilding of Stone Soup, a local community resource center.
This is the first time such an event will take place in Worcester, bringing people who love sneakers a/k/a/ sneakerheads together, in a party atmosphere to buy, sell and trade sneakers with other sneaker aficionados (people that collect, obsess and show their passion for sneakers from all the top, well-known brands such Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Puma and New Balance, to name a few).
SOLEcial Studies, the educational footprint of OSDlive.com, aims to educate youths using sneakers as a platform to learn about STEM-Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It has been hailed as, “A great way to encourage kids to stay in school, find what they’re passionate about and to work collaboratively,” said Donkor Minors, a public school teacher in Boston.
Sneakerheads will be able to “kick it” in a party atmosphere with other sneaker aficionados while jamming to music spun by one of the areas’ premiere DJs and sneaker connoisseur…DJ E Dubble (JAMN 94.5 FM).
Admission to the event is $5 dollars and the cost to purchase a vendor table to display sneakers, clothing or accessories is $20.
All of the money raised from the event will go towards rebuilding Stone Soup Artist Activist Collective and Community Resource Center (www.stonesoupworcester.org), located at 4 King Street, Worcester, MA, that suffered a horrific fire in March 2009.
“Stone Soup was not just a home for me, but also a door of opportunities and a splendid place to network. Its foundation was built off of different groups with one focus to serve the community by working together,” said Patricia Feraud, 16, a Stone Soup member.
Raffle tickets will be available with prizes including various Nike, Adidas and Air Jordan sneakers along with gift certificates to local area businesses.
Thank you to everyone that supported and attended today’s reading of Frederick Douglass’ inspiring “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro” that took place earlier today at the Worcester Common.
A special “Thank you” and hat tip to City Councilors Sarai Rivera, Kathleen Toomey and Konstantina Lukes for attending and participating in today’s reading.
A huge star-studded “Thank you” to Mass Humanities and the Worcester Arts Council for sponsoring and providing the funding for today’s event along with the readers that participated in bringing to life Frederick Douglass’ “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro”.
I would also like to thank the great children from Christ Tabernacle Apostolic Church Youth Choir, led by Sister Micha Davis, who sang beautifully and confirmed that children truly are our future; as well as Mable Millner, Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion and Director of Multicultural Education at the College of the Holy Cross for reminding us that we have to do better as a Nation by “Raising up…..Praying up….and Speaking Up”, along with Trooper Joe Glover of the Buffalo Soldiers.
If you have questions about this event or other events sponsored by Future Focus Media Co-op and Youth Training Institute, please email us at email@example.com or call us at 508-444-2336.
In his fiery July 5, 1852 speech, the great abolitionist orator Frederick Douglass took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. That exception took the form of his now famous lecture, The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro.
Join us on July 1, 2013 at 12 p.m. on historic Worcester Common, 455 Main Street, to celebrate the 161st Anniversary of this potent speech.
The premises of the event: One person shows up with a poster. Another with a mike. A third with a stack of speeches. Soon people line up to take turns reading paragraphs from Frederick Douglass’s most famous speech, and the public square is filled with people reading along. Before you know it, they are actually talking to each other.
The reading will be held on Worcester Common, behind City Hall and in the event of rain, the event will move to City Hall, in the Levi Lincoln Room, 3rd Floor.
Sponsored by the City of Worcester with funding being provided by the Worcester Arts Council in collaboration with the American Antiquarian Society, Christ Tabernacle Apostolic Church, Cultural Affairs Office of the City of Worcester, Jeremiah’s Inn, John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Mass Humanities, Mass Cultural Council, Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester Public Library, Worcester Women’s History Project and the Worcester Youth Center.
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