Dear Faculty & Students at the University of Notre Dame:
We are reaching again out to invite you in hopes of creating a collective celebration of radical Black Love! The main event will be a Frederick Douglass Day Read-A-Thon to take place on his birthday, February 14, 2019. Our event will also be part of the year-long commemorations marking 400 years since the first documented arrival of Africans who came to English America (https://bit.ly/2PVt6j3).
Unlike more traditional read-a-thons that serve as contests, this one will involve people reading among themselves (like a book club or a class) AS WELL AS joining our “main event” happening in Philadelphia, via Live Stream.
We hope that Faculty & Students in partnership with your Africana Studies Librarian will have the opportunity to join the live-stream of the program, which will include a live performance of Douglass’ speech. It does not matter where your group is located. You can join us from anywhere! And if you’re up for it, your reading group can also call in to be on the live stream. This will be both a learning event and a party!
The two required readings for our Read-A-Thon will be:
Title: Address to the National Convention of Colored Men, Louisville Kentucky
Author: Frederick Douglass
Published: September 24, 1883
Title: Anna Murray Douglass, My Mother As I Recall Her
Author: Rosetta Douglass Sprague (daughter of Anna and Frederick)
Published: May 10, 1900
Groups can join us online first and then leave the virtual space for their own reading/discussion activity. For this part of the event, a short excerpt from Douglass’ Address, or the essay by Sprague, could be read by the group and discussed. We will provide prompts to get the discussion going. The online portion that will happen earlier will provide the historical background needed for the discussions that will be done by the various groups.
If your networks include groups you think would be interested in participating, please share this information and tell them to to contact me.
Best, Curtis Small
On behalf of the Colored Conventions Project team