Meet Frederick Douglass

Meet Frederick Douglass

Children and families are invited to a special living history performance to hear Nathan Richardson as Frederick Douglass speak on how he taught himself how to read and write. Mr. Douglass will dialogue with the youth and place special emphasis on the importance of education, civic responsibility and understanding the United States Constitution.

This event includes admission to the Cleveland History Center.

About the Speakers

Nathan M. Richardson is a published author, performance poet and Frederick Douglass Historian.  His poetry collections include “Likeness of Being”, “Twenty-one Imaginary T-shirts” and “The 7 Last Poems of an Unarmed Citizen.”  His work has been widely re-published in anthologies, magazines and newspapers such as the Channel Marker, The Cupola, Coastal Virginia Magazine and the Washington Post. Nathan is now in the 8th year of The Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour – a living history performance in which he captures completely the physical and spiritual essence of the former slave, writer, orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. This living history series has produced film credits with the National Park Service, Alabama Public Television and RTE – Irish Public Service Television. You can find more about Nathan Richardson and his work at

Cuyahoga Community College assistant professor of history, Rania Assily, has taught college-level history since 2006 including American history, World Civilizations, African American history, the history of the Middle East, and the history of India. She has interviewed John Cooper as Abe Lincoln in the Fall 2020 during the pandemic and has brought numerous speakers to Tri-C’s Westlake campus.

POSTPONED: Speaking of Cleveland | Black Innovators of Northeast Ohio (For Kids K-5)

Speaking of Cleveland | Black Innovators of Northeast Ohio (For Kids K-5)

This event has been postponed. Please check back soon for a reschedule date!

The Cleveland History Center’s signature lecture series, Speaking of Cleveland, invites participants to take a front-row seat as our experts share significant stories that capture the Cleveland spirit. Each month, join our staff as we explore the intriguing, curious, and oft-forgotten tales from Cleveland’s past. Pulled directly from the nationally recognized collections of the Western Reserve Historical Society, these stories showcase the innovation, the grit and the pride that characterize Cleveland’s past, present and future.

This Month’s Program

How did African-American inventors and entrepreneurs impact the history of Northeast Ohio? In this program, geared toward grades K-5, students will learn about three black Clevelanders — Garrett Morgan, Alonzo Wright, and Amanda Wicker — who improved the city through their commitments to innovation, education, and community. Students will reflect on the contributions of these community leaders in order to identify problems and imagine solutions to issues in their lives. (All registrants are asked to have blank paper and markers/crayons/colored pencils on hand when they sign on for the program.)


Price: $15 general admission / $10 WRHS member admission

You may register using the options below. This event will be held through the Zoom platform. When you register, you will be sent a confirmation containing your purchase receipt and all necessary login information.