I would have loved to hear Frederick Douglass speak.
I wonder if any of our politicians or actors could do justice to his written words.
Of course, none could replicate his passion and he often spoke extemporaneously, which allowed him to mould his words to the atmosphere in the hall, or to mould the atmosphere to his words.
I have listened to several actors reciting Douglass, and Danny Glover is ok. Check out this youtube link: Danny Glover reads Frederick Douglass.
My Douglass work focuses on the younger Douglass, and I think that Will Smith’s voice and passion would best suit a Douglass speech.