Frederick Douglass Speaks: “What To The Slave Is The 4th of July?;” Performance in Phoenix on July 2
On July 2nd, four individuals – Floyd Alvin Galloway, Richard Holmes, Danny DL White and Calvin Worthen; will present a reading performance of abolitionist and ex-slave, Frederick Douglass’ riveting and iconic speech, “What To The Slave Is The 4th of July?”
The event will take place at the Phoenix Center for the Arts’ Third Street Theatre, 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix.
Early bird ticket price is $20 is until July 1, Tickets at the door are $25.
Douglass a powerful leader and outstanding orator, delivered the iconic speech on July 5, 1852, in Corinthian Hall, Rochester, New York, at the invitation of the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society. The speech examines the conflicted origins of the country, its laws and its claims of democracy and liberty, on a day after the country is drunk on the celebration of independence.
“Slavery,” according to the constitution of the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society, “is an evil that ought not to exist, and is a violation of the inalienable rights of man” In the summer of 1851 six women formally organized themselves into the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Sewing Society, electing Susan Farley Porter as president, Julia Griffiths, secretary, and Maria G. Porter, treasurer. By March, 1852, the Society had grown to 19 members. As noted in their first annual report, the Society remained steadfast in refusing any partisan political alignment, hoping to broaden their appeal across partisan lines in recognition of “the utter coldness, in the community on the slavery subject.” Although Rochester was widely known as the home of Frederick Douglass’ Paper, at the time, Douglass’ was “the only anti-slavery instrumentality in the community.”
The Rochester Ladies were anxious to improve the situation.
Floyd Alvin Galloway
Floyd Alvin Galloway, a long-time Arizona resident from Illinois, is a freelance reporter, photographer and entrepreneur. He is the owner of Great Press America and the host/producer of The Alvin Galloway Show, Sundays, on Radio Phoenix. Galloway has been a contributor to numerous publications. A community advocate, he has served in leadership positions in civil rights and community organizations, including the Arizona Center for Disability Law, and the NAACP. Galloway is very active in his church, Historic Tanner Chapel AME Church. He along with the late Min. James Toppin, led the reactivation of the East Valley Branch of the NAACP in AZ with in 1993 and served as president for a number years and as a former NAACP Western Region 1 Resolutions committee member of the NAACP Nat. Convention. He is the recipient of several awards including inaugural Si Se Puede – Cesar Chavez Community Service award in 2001, the National Council of Negro Women- Metropolitan Phoenix Chapter’s Man of Valor awardee in 2013, Hon. Coy C. Payne Man of the Year award 2015, Society of Professional Journalists Sun Valley Chapter – Silver Key award recipient. Galloway has one daughter and two grandchildren.
Richard Barriteau Holmes, a Phoenix native, has proudly served in public education for over a decade, five of which have been through the lens of administration. His purpose and passion has been developed through his work in inner-city, high poverty communities that service students who are predominately of color. Holmes holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix, and a master’s degree from Grand Canyon University in Educational Administration. His research interests include – self-efficacy and its impact on pedagogical practice, classroom management versus classroom leadership, and the Word of God. Richard and his wife have three beautiful children.
Danny DL White
D.L. White is an author, educator and historian. His children’s book, The Sensational Letter S; encourages early word development and reading comprehension for young learners. He believes two critical variables in Student Success and to encourage participation at any level is Appreciation of differences and Enthusiasm. White used both in the development and presentation of the first offering of African American Studies classes at MCC in 2006. White also implemented the Annual Day of Unity Programs to draw attention to domestic violence and campus violence. He hosted awareness and prevention seminars. He collaborated with community leaders in the East Valley to provide youth the opportunity to express anger/fear in Poetry and Artistic expression (Children’s Peace & Poster Annual event). White a married father of two, was recognized as an outstanding Mentor and Master Teacher in 2010.
Calvin Worthen, an educator and consultant, hosts the weekly Radio Phoenix Blues/Jazz/Soul program Blue Friday (Fridays 11pm to 12mid), and anchors the African-American cultural affairs program Soul Star Live (Sundays 5pm to 6pm). Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Worthen has been in radio since 2001 as host of a late night show on WVOE. He completed his undergraduate degree in kinesiology from the University Of Northwestern-St. Paul and his master’s in business and industry education from the University of Minnesota. In 2010 he was awarded the Jane Matteson Jazz Educator of the Year, and in 2011 was the National Association of Black Storytellers 1st place winner of the “Signifying and Testifying” Tall Tales Contest. Recently, he was featured with Arizona Storytellers Project. He performs freelance voice work and has narrated a collection of audio books on Audible. As a well-rounded athlete and fitness expert, he spends down time exercising and playing sports. The married father of three, Worthen is a vocalist, a percussionist and a thespian with a number of years of experience in performance.
A question and answer session will follow the presentation.
Portion of the proceeds will benefit non-profit community internet radio station Radio Phoenix/Arizona Community Media Foundation.
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Event subject to change without notice.