“Rising Towards Unity … when not all voices were equal” presents Women in the World of Frederick Douglass on Sunday, June 2nd at 2:00 p.m. at the Grafton Community Barn in North Grafton.
Most people know about Frederick Douglass, the former slave, abolitionist, and freedom-fighter whose autobiography remains a monument in nineteenth-century American literature. But, what about the women behind the man who made his life and legacy possible?
Leigh Fought, author of the award-winning Women in the World of Frederick Douglass and professor of history a Le Moyne College, will tell the story of the important women who created and supported Frederick Douglass, including his mother and grandmother, slave-mistresses, two wives, and the many activist women who kept the movement for human right alive.
This is part of a series of events that seeks to raise awareness of the influential role our history of slavery continues to play in the United States as we struggle to achieve a more equal, just, and peaceful society.
Rising Toward Unity will culminate with the Friday, July 5th “Reading Frederick Douglass Together” on the meaning of the fourth of July to a slave.
The Grafton Historical Society, Grafton Public Library, and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton and Upton are proud to present these fantastic programs. For more information visit uusgu.org/rising-towards-unity