Annual Douglass Day Celebration

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Douglass Day 2024

Wednesday, February 14 

12-3 p.m., Drop in anytime 

Olin Library Room 107

Hosted locally by Digital Scholarship Services and the John Henrik Clarke Africana Library

The card features a profile of Frederick Douglass in a black suit and tie, with the phrase "Yours Truly, Fred Douglass" in script below.

What’s Douglass Day? 

Born enslaved, Frederick Douglass emancipated himself at the age twenty and quickly became one of the preeminent intellectuals and activists of the nineteenth century. Although he never knew his birth date, he chose to celebrate every year on February 14th.

Every year, the Center for Black Digital Research at the Pennsylvania State University facilitates an international transcription event (“transcribe-a-thon”) featuring historical materials relevant to Black history.

Together with libraries and digital scholarship centers across the nation and beyond, Cornell University Library celebrates this date as a moment for creating and preserving Black history together. 

Transcribe-a-thon Details

The 2024 international Douglass Day Transcribe-a-thon will feature the Frederick Douglass Papers: General Correspondence (1841-1912), housed at the Library of Congress. Volunteers like you will transcribe pages from the collection, uncover details about Douglass’ life and make them available to all.  

We’ll also enjoy birthday cake, music, and a good time! 

How to Participate  

  • Drop into Olin Library and choose a digital document to transcribe. No experience needed. We’ll be there to answer questions.  Bring your own laptop, or use one of ours. 
  • Explore previous generations’ work for racial justice and enjoy camaraderie with others from Cornell. 
  • Listen to musical performances and inspiring speakers during the national livestream. 
  • Share birthday cake from Rashida Sawyer Bakery of downtown Ithaca. 

Contact Information

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