Aug 22 + 23, 2018 | Roulette | Brooklyn

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#Speech4Breakfast: Day 5

Frederick Douglass – “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

Read by Nehemiah Luckett (music director)

“Fellow citizens, above your national, tumultuous joy I hear the mournful wail of millions!”

“I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day? If so, there is a parallel to your conduct. And let me warn you that it is dangerous to copy the example of a nation whose crimes, towering up to heaven, were thrown down by the breath of the Almighty, burying that nation in irrevocable ruin! I can to-day take up the plaintive lament of a peeled and woe-smitten people! Read More

#Speech4Breakfast: Day 4

Rose Schneiderman – Speech at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory

Read by Bernice “Boom Boom” Brooks

“The strong hand of the law beats us back, when we rise, into the conditions that make life unbearable.”

“I would be a traitor to these poor burned bodies if I came here to talk good fellowship. We have tried you good people of the public and we have found you wanting. The old inquisition had its rack and its thumbscrews and its instruments of torture with iron teeth. We know what these things are today; the iron teeth are our necessities, the thumbscrews are the high powered and swift machinery close to which we must work, and the rack is here in the firetrap structures that will destroy us the minute they catch on fire. Read More