Nathan M. Richardson, a poet, author and spoken word performer, will play the writer, orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass at the Hampton History Museum. The Dec. 7 performance, at 7 p.m., is virtual.
This is part of the Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour. He will share Douglass’ views on women’s rights to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote.
As Douglass, Richardson will tell his life story and share an excerpt of his 1848 speech to the International Council of Women in Seneca Falls, N.Y. He will also answer questions from the virtual audience via Facebook comments about his letters and activism supporting such notable women as Lucretia Mott, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Victoria Woodhull and the role of Native-American Women in the movement.
Richardson is a published author, performance poet and Douglass Historian. His poetry collections include “Likeness of Being”, “Twenty-one Imaginary T-shirts” and “Voices from the Wombs of Wisdom.” His work has been widely re-published in anthologies, magazines and newspapers. Richardson teaches a variety of workshops for emerging writers and is the creator and host of the Poetry, Prose and Pizza Open Mic series. Richardson is a former coach and current ambassador-at-large for the Hampton Roads Youth Poets.
Richardson is now in his sixth year of The Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour. It is a living history performance in which he captures completely the physical and spiritual essence of the former slave, writer, orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. This living history series has produced film credits with the National Park Service and Alabama Public Television.
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