To mark the 4th of July this year, five young descendants of Frederick Douglass’ read part of his famous ‘Fourth of July’ speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” As NPR says as “The U.S. celebrates this Independence Day amid nationwide protests and calls for systemic reforms” this speech “asks all of us to consider America’s long history of denying equal rights to Black Americans.” Watch above.

We also wanted to bring attention to this powerful video, which was sparked by Douglass’ speech.  It’s asks “What, to my people, is the fourth of July?” This is a must-watch.