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My Bondage and My Freedom
University of the Rockies sponsors Black History Month performances

The story of Frederick Douglass, a man who was born into slavery and who fought for abolition and for women’s rights after his escape, will be portrayed during two free performances on Feb. 27.

Douglass will be portrayed by national Chautauqua scholar Charles Everett Pace, who presents solo interpretations of historical and literary characters. The performance, titled “My Bondage and My Freedom,” will begin at 10:00 am and 6:30 pm at Stargazer’s Theatre and Event Center (10 South Parkside Drive). These public events are made possible by a partnership between the Colorado Springs Diversity Forum, Colorado Springs Utilities and University of the Rockies.

“This is an important part of the celebration of Black History Month that we are delighted to support for Colorado Springs community members and schools,” says Dr. Bob Edelbrock, vice president and campus director for University of the Rockies. “This portrayal is of particular significance because of the impact literacy and education had on Douglass and, consequently, on our history.”

Douglass secretly taught himself to read and write, believing that knowledge would become the pathway from slavery to freedom. After several failed attempts, Douglass escaped by train in 1838 disguised as a sailor.

He became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his impressive oratory and writing. In addition to his work toward abolition, he also actively supported women’s suffrage. He was a firm believer in the equality of all people, and has been quoted as saying “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”

Space is limited for both performances, and seating will be reserved in the order of RSVP. Reservations may be emailed to


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