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Activism: James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ “What To The Slave Is 4th Of July?” Speech (Video)

Yeah. Here are some real ‘fireworks’ for the 4th for y’all. The historic, convicting words of Abolitionist Frederick Douglass; brought to life by living legend James Earl Jones.

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 Antislavery 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.
– Democracy Now!


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Politics: Matt Damon Says We Need To Stop Being So ‘Obedient’ (Video)

That’s it! Blockbuster movie star and humanitarian Jason Borne Matt Damon is sick and tired of putting up with this political bullsh!t… and he wants you to revolt, too. Actually, Matt has been walking his talk for a long while – tasking satellites to get eyes on tragedies in Darfur when nations (including the U.S.) would not… taking President Obama to task when he was dragging his feet… Of course, Matt isn’t the only one who has called for revolution…

“Our problem is not Civil Disobedience, it is Civil Obedience!”

Matt Damon, quoting Howard Zinn (November 1970)

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