February 8, 2019
In commemoration of Black History Month, performance poet and Frederick Douglass historian Nathan M. Richardson brings history to life by portraying Frederick Douglass, who escaped slavery and became a famous writer, orator, and abolitionist. The free presentation begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 17, in York Hall, 301 Main Street.
Mr. Richardson is now in his fifth year of The Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour. The highly-acclaimed tour has enthralled audiences across the nation. In the one-hour program as Frederick Douglass, he speaks for 20 minutes in vivid detail about his life as a slave, his escape to freedom prior to the Civil War, and his rise to prominence by inspiring many through his writings, oratory, and leadership in the abolitionist movement to end slavery.
Mr. Richardson is a well-known local poet whose work has been widely re-published in anthologies, magazines, and newspapers including the Coastal Virginia Magazine and the Washington Post. He also teaches a variety of workshops for emerging writers, is creator and host of the Poetry, Prose & Pizza Open Mic series, and coach of the Hampton Roads Youth Poets. A short list of his other affiliations includes the Poetry Society of Virginia, Young Audiences of Virginia, the Association of Lincoln Presenters, and the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH).
Seating is limited and guests are encouraged to arrive early. For more information, please call York County Parks and Recreation at (757) 890-3500.
This program is sponsored by the York County Historical Committee and is free and open to the public.