The Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour
Poet, Author and Spoken Word Performer Nathan M. Richardson captures completely the physical and spiritual essence of the great writer, orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour offers a variety of programs to fit any Cultural Arts Center, Museum, Corporation, Organization or School. Give your students, patrons or employees the rare opportunity to experience living history and ask questions directly of an historical icon. Don't wait until Black History Month. Diversify your look into American History today.
1 Hour Program
1 hour presentation in which Frederick Douglass speaks for 20 minutes in vivid detail about his life as a slave, his escape to freedom and his rise as a great writer, orator and abolitionist. Mr. Douglass will recite brief 4 - 5 minute excerpts from any two of the following historic speeches; "What to the Slave is the 4th of July ", "The Speech on the Dred Scott Decision", "Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln", 'Lecture on Haiti", "The Church and Prejudice", "Self Made Men" or "Women's Suffrage". The program ends with an unscripted Q & A session between Mr. Douglass and the audience.
A 45 Minute presentation designed for students 4th grade - 12, in which Frederick Douglass speaks for 20 minutes about his life as a slave, his escape to freedom and his rise as a great writer, orator and abolitionist. Mr. Douglass will place a strong emphasis with students on reading and writing as well as learning history and developing a strong sense of civic responsibility. Mr. Douglass will recite an excerpt from his most famous speech - "What to the Slave is the 4th of July" followed by a 15 minute unscripted Q & A session between students and Mr. Douglass. PROGRAM SUPPORTS the following Standards of Learning (SOL) Curriculums: History & Social Science, Civics, English and Reading.
Woman's Rights/Suffrage Program
Frederick Douglass will give your audience a 15 minute synopsis of his life and accomplishments; followed by a (6 minute excerpt) recital of his 1888 speech to the International Council of Women in Washington, D.C. on "Woman Suffrage"; concluding the program with an unscripted question and answer period with the audience about his working relationship and letters with such notable women as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Victoria Woodhull and others.
NEW PROGRAM!!! - Tubman & Douglass - Parallel Lives from Bondage to Freedom
Harriett Tubman and Frederick Douglass are the two preeminent Abolitionists in American history. Both born into slavery on Maryland’s Eastern. Both escaped their bondage. Douglass spent the first twenty years of his life as a slave, taught himself how to read and write, then became the most famous black man in the Western world. Tubman became the primary conductor of the Underground Railroad as well as nurse and spy during the Civil War and later an advocate of civil rights and woman suffrage.
Janice Curtis Greene as Harriett Tubman and Nathan M. Richardson as Fredrick Douglass bring these two historical characters to life capturing completely their physical and spiritual essence. Your audience will listen to and be invited to join the historical conversation with these great American heroes. This three-part, 45- 90 minute performance is scripted as follows; Part #1 - a short first person narrative from each character, including the following speeches: Douglass' "Woman Suffrage" or "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July”. Douglass speaks first and then introduces Harriett Tubman who covers her timeline. Part #2 - a conversation between Tubman & Douglass reflecting on their relationship involving abolition and emancipation. Part #3 - Tubman and Douglass answer questions from the audience.
NEW PROGRAM!!! - SELF-MADE MEN - A conversation with Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln are the two preeminent self-made men in American history. Lincoln was born dirt-poor and became one of the nation’s greatest presidents. Douglass spent the first twenty years of his life as a slave and became the most famous black man in the Western world. Although these two men did not always see eye-to-eye, their relationship with each other developed and changed over the years as did the country’s debate over slavery abolition and emancipation. Nathan M. Richardson as Fredrick Douglass and Goerge Buss or Eric Richardson as Abraham Lincoln bring these two historical characters to life, capturing completely their physical and spiritual essence. Your audience will listen to and be invited to join the intellectual conversation with these great American heroes.
This three part, 90 minute performance is scripted as follows; Part #1 - a short first person narrative from each character, including the following speeches; Douglass' "Dred Scott / 1857" and Lincoln's "Peoria Speech / 1854" and a short excerpt from; Part #2 - a conversation between Lincoln & Douglass reflecting on their relationship involving abolition, meetings ending with Lincoln reading the "Emancipation Proclamation / 1863" Part #3 - Lincoln and Douglass answer questions from the audience. Lincoln leaves stage after 15 Minute Q&A and Douglass recalls Lincolns assassination and ends the performance with the speech "Oration on the Memory of Lincoln.
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CLICK TO WATCH - "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July" CLICK TO WATCH - "Douglass Inspires Reading"