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Frederick Douglass, a 19th Century Civil Rights Activist: His Legacy Today

  • William G. McGowan Theater 701 Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC 20002 (map)

Join for a panel discussion in honor of the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Douglass. The panel will explore Douglass’s legacy as well as contemporary issues related to his causes. Moderated by John Whittington Franklin, senior manager, Office of External Affairs, NMAAHC, Smithsonian Institution, panelists include David Blight, professor of history, Yale University; Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, ASALH president and chair, History Department, Harvard University; and Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., co-founder and president, Frederick Douglass Family Initiative.

Frederick Douglass himself (portrayed by Phil Darius Wallace) will also appear. Book signings of the bicentennial edition of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave and Blight’s book Frederick Douglass will follow the discussion.

Presented in partnership with the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

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