NPR tracked down the descendents of Frederick Douglas and asked them to read part of his famous speech about the Fourth of July. At the end of it, they share their thoughts.
“At a time like this, scorching iron, not convincing argument is needed. O! Had I the ability, and could I reach the nation’s ear, I would today pour out a fiery stream of buying ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle storm, but thunder.”