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In Columbia SC at the capitol building on June 27th, 2015 Thomas Washington, Tribal Raine and Max Parthas recorded the reading of "I Denounce the So-Called Emancipation as a Stupendous Fraud" by Fredrick Douglas (1888) in a 9 part series. They are powerful eye-opening and moving presentations that can be used for education purposes with students, viewing and conversation with friends or family, or just to show someone the truth. On a historical level, the readings were done June 27th at the South Carolina Statehouse. The day after Reverend and state Senator Clementa Pinckney, (one of nine victims in the June 17, 2015, shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC), lay in state at the capitol with his body having to pass under the rebel flag. This was the same day and same place Bree Newsome cut the confederate flag down just yards away. The monument we recorded at is one of the few in America dedicated to the history of the African Diaspora. In the center of the display is a marble dais with the 4 stones of the 4 African nations where Enslaved Peoples in SC originated. A direct connection to those ancestral lands. Our intention was to speak to the state and the nation using not our words, but those of a man who was arguably the greatest statesman we have ever know. His words ring true today. A sad truth that most have never heard. Hidden and muted on purpose because it didn't fit the false narrative. The productions include news clips of current events (at the time) which drive all of his points home like a prophet.
During this black history month of 2023, we will play the Denouncement series on Abolition Today for the first time in its entirety.
This week, the whole episode IS the Bridging The Gap Segment.