Library Programs

Clarence Mitchell Library Presents

Spring 2019 Programs


February 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Frederick Douglass Speaks: “Why Should a Colored Man Enlist”

In April, 1863 Frederick Douglass was repeatedly asked this question while he was raising men for the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. Cole’s program will include an excerpted speech and a question and answer period.  Douglass’ answer to the question reflects his feelings on citizenship, duty, equal rights, self-preservation, patriotism and the preservation of the black man’s rightful place in the history of the United States.

February 28 at 1:00 p.m.
Write it Out: A Writing Workshop with Saymoukda Vongsay

This 90 minute guided creative writing salon with playwright, performance artist, and spoken word poet, Saymoukda Vongsay, is designed for writers of all levels to have uninterrupted time to write out their frustrations, stresses, vulnerabilities, imaginings, and amusements. We will play with erasure poetry, free verse, and flash memoir. Enjoy hot tea while you write it out.

Pre-registration is required (limit 30 participants).  Register using our online registration form or by calling Laura Watson at 815-599-3456.

February 28 at 6:30 p.m.

NEA Big Read: One Freeport Keynote address with Saymoukda Vongsay

Location: Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre

Spoken word poet, playwright, and community activist Saymoukda Vongsay shares the voices of refugees with us through poetry and performance.  A time for Questions and Answers will follow the performance.

The February 28th programs are offered as part of the 2019 NEA Big Read: One Freeport and is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
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Friday Forums
Consider sharing your work with the rest of the HCC campus at a Friday Forum. Students, faculty and staff applications for Friday Forums programs are invited. Past programs have included 30 – 50 minute presentations by various students, faculty and student groups.

Friday forums application form

Questions about library programs? Contact: or 815-599-3539

Highland Campus

2998 W. Pearl City Rd. Freeport, IL 61032


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