Black History – Overview

This featured lesson, centered on Frederick Douglass’ acclaimed defense of free expression entitled, “A plea for free speech in Boston,” is ideally suited for use during Black History Month. It is also appropriate for lessons on the First Amendment, minority rights, the perils of censorship, and the power of the spoken word. Includes link to an audio performance of Douglass’ speech and supplementary New York Times article, which adds descriptive historical context.