This year, during Black History Month, Chesapeake residents can find out all about the life of Frederick Douglass – writer, orator and abolitionist. Presented by Nathan R. Richardson, the program Frederick Douglass Live! will be held at four library branches.
Greenbrier Sat Feb 3rd 2:00pm-3:00pm
South Norfolk Wed Feb 7th 6:30pm-7:30pm
Major Hillard Sat Feb 24th 2:00pm-3:00pm
Indian River Wed Feb 28th 6:30pm-7:30pm
Connect with history as the amazing life story of this formerly enslaved person is re-enacted for us!
Some great quotes from Douglass:
- “In a composite nation like ours, as before the law, there should be no rich, no poor, no high, no low, no white, no black, but common country, common citizenship, equal rights and a common destiny.”
- “A smile or a tear has not nationality; joy and sorrow speak alike to all nations, and they, above all the confusion of tongues, proclaim the brotherhood of man.”
- “No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.”
- “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
- “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
And the favorite quote of Librarians everywhere:
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Find these books at any Chesapeake Public Library:
When visiting any Chesapeake Public Library branch in February be sure to also check out our Discovery Stations
where we will have additional information pertaining to Black History Month.
Be sure to check out some great books by black authors too!