What is Douglass Day?
Douglass Day is a collective act of radical love for Black history.
Douglass Day is an annual program that marks the birth of Frederick Douglass. Each year, we gather thousands of people to transcribe an online collection of Black history and culture. We frequently focus on important Black women’s archives, such as Anna Julia Cooper (2020), Mary Church Terrell (2021), and plenty more to come in future years. Learn more about the history of Douglass Day.
This year we will transcribe work by Mary Ann Shadd Cary (October 9, 1823 – June 5, 1893). She was one of the earliest Black women to edit a newspaper, serve as a Civil War recruiter, attend law school, and so much more. The event sponsor will be partnering with the Archives of Ontario, Libraries and Archives Canada, and many others. Together newly digitized and fascinating collections from Shadd Cary’s long and fascinating life will be shared with the global community.
Event is Free and open to all! Sign-up your organization, church, library, school, or as individual to participate in 2023 today.
Image Cover Courtesy of National Archives of Canada, C-029977.
Date: 1850’s Description: Mary Ann Shadd, an African American educator, writer, abolitionist, and lawyer.
Learn More About: “Mary Ann Shadd Cary.” The Fight for Black Mobility: Traveling to Mid-Century Conventions. https://coloredconventions.org/black-mobility/delegates/mary-ann-shadd-cary/