Frederick Douglass Now by Roger Guenveur Smith. Similar to his one-man shows about Huey P. Newton and Rodney King, Smith delivers a monologue that mixes Douglass' 19th-century editorials, speeches and letters with his own original writing. Standing in front of an American flag and using poetry, music and rap, Smith riffs on not only slavery but modern-day racism, blurring the lines between history and right now.
In November, President Trump signed into law HR 2989, the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act, which established a panel to develop events and programs this year to honor the 200th anniversary of the birth of Douglass. Born in 1818, Douglass escaped slavery to become one of the most celebrated abolitionist leaders and writers in America. To mark his bicentennial, the California African American Museum hosts