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Several organizations and community groups are planning events in 2018 to commemorate the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass through music, readings from his autobiography and several visionary art performances.
All the events listed below are open to the public and free of charge. More events are being planned, including an appearance from Frederick Douglass' great-great-great grandson, Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., and will be added to this website as they are finalized.
Featuring Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins and Mary D. Williams
Thursday, January 25, 7 p.m. - NEW DATEUnited Church of Chapel Hill
Kick off a community-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass with an evening of art and song. Visionary artist Tarish Pipkins, aka Jeghetto, will unveil his newest creation, a Frederick Douglass puppet and multi-media performance. Mary D. Williams, acclaimed gospel singer and scholar, will celebrate Douglass by singing the story of the African-American experience - from slavery to abolition and beyond.
Monday, February 5th, 7 p.m.
Carrboro Century Center
Who was Frederick Douglass and why is he so important to us today? Join us as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass with presentations from James E. Williams Jr.,retired Orange/Chatham Chief Public Defender, Michelle Lanier, Executive Director of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission, and Jaki Shelton Green, award-winning poet. Light refreshments provided.
Sunday, February 11
2 p.m. Chapel Hill Public Library
4 p.m. Hargraves Community Center
Celebrate a hero of American History with this production from a highly acclaimed touring theater company. This show – best for 4th graders through adults – highlights Douglass’ awe-inspiring life, from his escape from a Maryland plantation to his days as a newspaper and celebrates both the power of education and a life of courage.
Thursday, February 22, 7 p.m.
Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room B
What would Frederick Douglass think of 2018? What did his contemporaries think of him? What was Douglass’s impact, then and now? A panel of scholars, including Reginald Hildebrand and Patrick Horn will consider and comment on these questions and more. Join us for this town/gown special event, co-sponsored by Carolina Public Humanities.
Wednesday, February 28, 6-8 p.m.
Orange County Public Library Main Library
Join local authors, poets, historians and social justice advocates as they read from Douglass’ The Narrative.
Monday, March 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The First Monday Classics Book Club led by local authors from Hillsborough will discuss The Narrative. No need to register or be a member of the book club. Just come on by!
For more information contact Orange County Community Relations Director Todd McGee at (919) 245-2302 or firstname.lastname@example.org