James Williams is Monday’s Hometown Hero.

James is primarily responsible for the reading of Frederick Douglass’ essay “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” that takes place every Fourth of July in Carrboro.

This year’s event happens at the Century Center in downtown Carrboro on July 4th from noon until 1:30 PM.

Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle approached Williams with the idea three years ago.  This piece reflects a sobering point of view about what is commonly considered to be America’s Independence Day, and is a part of the history of this country that needs to be recognized and remembered. The community is urged to attend and listen to the reading of this compelling work. The reading is one of the events included in the day-long Carrboro July 4th Celebration.  Find more details about the reading.