"What to the Slave Is the 4th of July?": James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass's Historic Speech

In a Fourth of July holiday special, we hear the words of Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass became a key leader of the abolitionist movement. On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, he gave one of his most famous speeches, "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro." He was addressing the Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society. This is actor James Earl Jones reading the speech during a performance of historian Howard Zinn's acclaimed book, "Voices of a People's History of the United States." He was introduced by Zinn.


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I literally couldn’t think of anybody better to recite the great words of Frederick Douglass than James Earl Jones
Eileen Harrington
Eileen Harrington:
He speaks for the Native Americans too
John Bennett
John Bennett:
Frederick Douglass has some balls to stand up in front of those people and tell them that they're no earthly good
Han Bouja
Han Bouja:
Living a lie has consequences.
Detric Bell
Detric Bell:
What a wise man he was
Preet Dhami
Preet Dhami:
The smallest, most vulnerable minority group in America is decent people.
J L:
168 years ago, Frederick Douglass spoke of things that then are still true today.

I pray a confluence of humanity will take up the mantle of  Injustice and in consideration of these words and their truth, reconcile to forever make just and pure and purge the sins of this nation.  

Cheers, John L. in Fairlawn Virginia USA
Derka Derka
Derka Derka:
James Earl Jones makes a grocery list sound awesome.
humberto moguel
humberto moguel:
Mr. James Earl Jones, thanks for Frederick Douglass words.
Sam McDonald
Sam McDonald:
What a master of the language the author was . And what an auditor Mr. Jones is. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Hail Satan
Hail Satan:
This needs to be put into the National Archives.
Carlton Benain
Carlton Benain:
Amy you are the only one that gave us news long life
Sichael Mcott
Sichael Mcott:
“Crimes against God and men!”
I love that you guys play this every year
Carlos Fennagra
Carlos Fennagra:
Mister Shawn
Mister Shawn:
The fourth of many JuLIES.
Rebecca Alston
Rebecca Alston:
And here we are...4th of July 2020, and Frederick Douglass's articulate, searing and powerful indictment of America's hypocrisy is still all too relevant this 4th of July. I hope that we are resolved to do the work that is necessary to transform and heal this country.
The Sacred Arts
The Sacred Arts:
Beautiful snippet of history. So sad how it relates to today’s events 😢
Koski Co
Koski Co:
I wonder if Trump will watch this? Lol.
J Mays
J Mays:
At 5:00 minutes, FREDERICK DOUGLASS was speaking to US, the future, RIGHT NOW!! Without RELENTLESS FIGHT FOR JUSTICE, there is no revolution! HAPPY FREDERICK DOUGLASS DAY!!
Helen Kim
Helen Kim:
Not a time for hamburgers and hot dogs, but a time to recognize the painful reality, in this message from our past. denial is the putrid fruit of ignorance, while recognition is a step towards justice.
Virginia Lucio
Virginia Lucio:
Thank you for this history. Our education never included the truth. Also missing is the real history of the Mexican people whose land was stolen. In truth they are not immigrants.
Watching this as Police arrest Native American protestors.
Anita in MO
Anita in MO:
Frederick Douglass a remarkable man, spoke the truth.
I hope there is a version of this where he reads the entire speech, because it is worth hearing and it’s entirety
ian caldeian
ian caldeian:
Today, most historians speak of “enslaved people” instead of “slaves.” This language separates a person's identity from his/her circumstance.
He also gave the speech before the civil war and amendments. I also love that his speech is never read in it's entirety. lol. Context matters.
Tom Riviere
Tom Riviere:
So Who's accountable for this.....why it's "We the People" willfully steeped in unimaginable ignorance, wrapped in faux nationalism and silent acceptance, tempered by an apathetic disregard for humanity. Now you may choose to look the other way....but you can never say again that you didn't know.....
Wow what a speech !!! Eloquently Brilliant
Michael Rouppas
Michael Rouppas:
Fredrick Douglass is one of my favorite historical figures because of his courage in helping to end slavery in this country.
victor soto
victor soto:
The Declaration of Independence AND the US Constitution are lies about equality and freedom...even unto today.
JS Solan
JS Solan:
Congrats for watching, you now know what this holiday is truly about.
I was friends with Douglass in my 19th century lifetime.
Little Bear
Little Bear:
"within the pale"
VERY pointed choice of words
Merle Barmania
Merle Barmania:
Let’s not forget Thanksgiving Day too.
Coast 2 Coast W_ Dee
Coast 2 Coast W_ Dee:
James errol Jones great actor with a star voice reminds me of Morgan freeman.
Francisco Villeda
Francisco Villeda:
James Earl Jones dramatized how an apartheid celebration is so racist where blacks can't enjoy ALL the freedoms afforded to white counterparts..great words!!!
david hefner
david hefner:

Second time hearing or reading this;
There is no question:
It sings!
A-A Ron
A-A Ron:
I'm not sure what was said, I got lost in his voice. I'll have to start again😋
As a Native Hawaiian 4th of July never meant sht to me the United States illegally annexed our kingdom and falsely convicted our queen and then they went on to suppress the culture as a result after decades of suppression of the Hawaiian language I a native Hawaiian is not fluent in Hawaiian and now companies destroy our scared sites the Hawaiian people have no love for America in its current state I would like to believe this country is great but it’s not the politicians lie and cheat while we do nothing the working class is financially struggling and we do nothing the rich profit of us and we do nothing and the congress the ones with the power to stop them bow to lobbyist I can’t believe the ignorance of some people to think this country is great
Pall mall
Pall mall:
What a wise man Douglas was. Look at what is still happening today!
Fred was brave....this was like a "George Bush doesn't like Black people" moment....but back when they could thrust you back into eternal servitude. I can't say I woulda had the balls to do this.
A Z:
💯 If you didn't know, well now you do !
Gaadiid Kompanie
Gaadiid Kompanie:
thank you for posting this... I want to cry
Antonio Edayan
Antonio Edayan:
Amy, I have a request - is it possible to bring or add Brian Tyler on to your program. He would make a valuable contribution to DN.
Candy Salters
Candy Salters:
I see James Earl Jones! Beautiful ❤️😍
Kimberlee Brackley
Kimberlee Brackley:
Thank you
Earl Collins
Earl Collins:
Although he still live forever in a day Earl Collins
Nick D
Nick D:
I wish [email protected] was made to watch this, eyes pried open, a la Clockwork Orange
Castratta LadyofPain
Castratta LadyofPain:
Thank you for posting this. I always share the DOI on July 4th on my social media, but tomorrow, I will be spreading this around as well.
Zohreh Noorian
Zohreh Noorian:
Amy thanks so much for your service ♥️.
Love and light to you always.
Dimi Noise
Dimi Noise:
Wow! Still so powerful!! Im moved by this .. i cant believe it is so meaningful today
Waldo van Pluur
Waldo van Pluur:
I want to give, I want to live❤️
Ben Roley
Ben Roley:
Can't watch this enough times, what a brilliant reading
A great speech. First time I've heard it. I am deeply moved.
"Repay no one evil for evil. Have[a] regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord."
That was great.
It gave me goosebumps.
cleve Apollo
cleve Apollo:
This day just another day that reminds me of slavery and my ancestors decentdants deserve reperations now
Marco Vieyra
Marco Vieyra:
His voice! 🔥
Democracy Now deceitfully left out over an hour of Douglass's speech. What frauds.
Roxie Bruce
Roxie Bruce:
Wow! That speech was and still is very powerful and relevant in today’s society. So much history in that speech!
*💪GO FRED! WELL READ JAMES👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏*
Heaven& Earth
Heaven& Earth:
Isaiah 14:22 Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities. For I will rise up against them, saith the Lord of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the Lord.
Joe B.
Joe B.:
I forever like to imagine Fredrick Douglass sounding like Darth Vader. It makes it even more powerful.
Astonishing how 168 years later Frederick Douglas could make the same speech in this land where injustice reigns as supreme as it ever did.
Smokin Dauberdoo420
Smokin Dauberdoo420:
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Wicahpi Wiyakpa Wakan Win:
Pochi 7
Pochi 7:
Such powerful words, amazing.
We’ll they got the freedom after to join the 4th of July so nice try
G. Kenley Goins
G. Kenley Goins:
🙏 Str8Up! AMEN
We must not forget about the long list of "races" America enslaved during its history. You name the race and we enslaved it and probably still do. On this July 4th, let us also not forget that pilghrams arrived in America with a perverse philosophy that "white Christians" are supperior to all other races and it was THEIR "Manifest Destiny" to spread the gospel and save souls regardless of the consequences to the people that were here first and brought here against their "free will."
Tanisha Marie
Tanisha Marie:
Nicholas Flynn
Nicholas Flynn:
Such a powerful speech, it brings me to tears.
"What is July 4th to slave?"...................It wasn't made for the slave nor the Indian.
W Coston
W Coston:
Eva Psalms 119:142
Eva Psalms 119:142:
It’s another day in WS hell!
Dexter Bernard
Dexter Bernard:
Close your eyes and listen to this poem of continued, hypocritical oppression. This brings me to tears.
Sharon Lewis
Sharon Lewis:
How ironic a swirler reading the words of a swirler
Sichael Mcott
Sichael Mcott:
Monique Huizar
Monique Huizar:
It sounded like a preaching came from David Reagan.
He was a republican, when his good friend was burning the constitution, he stood up for its greatness
Theta's World
Theta's World:
Douglass was a great man. We should all look up to him regardless of our race
Ron maize
Ron maize:
Earnest T Bass
Earnest T Bass:
This video would make sense if a slave was actually still alive😆😁
My God lady you look like The Walking Dead but you're not that old.
Greta Simmons
Greta Simmons:
Acts 17:26
Dee Rocker
Dee Rocker:
James Earl Jones???? What an ICON!!!
Patrick Bateman
Patrick Bateman:
Turned this off as soon as I saw Zinn
christopher marcisz
christopher marcisz:
Beware of Howard Zinn. His omissions are essential to his dishonest retelling of history.
Arthur Ray
Arthur Ray:
Speak my Father, Speak
MULLYMAN aka OG Mully:
Blue Fluke
Blue Fluke:
Beautiful and inspiring, certainly, but how do we now go from exclaiming our rage at the inhumane brutality that our brothers and sisters of color have had to endure, to successfully raising up those who would be of such great value and healing to our increasingly blemished nation. How is it that brave men such as James Earl Jones and other successful black men have risen above those systemic hardships and lived a life of dignity and pride?
Very articulate. Did a white person help write that scorcher barn burning speech?
Dawn Williamson
Dawn Williamson:
Thank you
Jacquelynn Booth
Jacquelynn Booth:
Thank you. An annual treat to share.