Religious leaders to invoke Frederick Douglass on July 4th

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Published: Jul. 3, 2020 at 6:43 PM EDT
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RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) - About 150 preachers, rabbis and imams are promising to invoke Black abolitionist Frederick Douglass on July 4th as they call for the U.S. to tackle racism and poverty.

The religious leaders are scheduled this weekend to frame sermons around “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” on the 168th anniversary of that speech by Douglass.

The initiative is led by the Poor People’s Campaign, a coalition of religious leaders seeking to push the U.S. to address issues of poverty modeled after Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s last crusade.

Douglass gave his speech at a celebration on July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York. 

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