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Karilyn Crockett, the City of Boston’s director of economic policy and research, accompanied a young friend to the microphone during a public reading of Frederick Douglass’s Fourth of July speech on July 1.

Karilyn Crockett, the City of Boston’s director of economic policy and research, accompanied a young friend to the microphone during a public reading of Frederick Douglass’s Fourth of July speech on July 1.

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1852 Douglass speech still resonates

Annual public reading draws hundreds

In Boston last week, two days before July 2, a public reading of the famous speech was held on the Boston Common. Readers lined up at a microphone set up near the State House and stepped up to read a paragraph each, 53 in all.