February 14, 2018, marks the 200th birthday of 19-century abolitionist Frederick Douglass. On this bicentennial of his birth, the founding director of American University's Antiracist Research and Policy Center and descendants of Frederick Douglass will come together to announce a new initiative.
Throughout the year, 200 people whose modern-day work best reflects Douglass' legacy will be named and honored as part of "The FD200." Honorees will fall into one of seven categories that reflect the immense character of Frederick Douglass: abolitionist, writer, politician, feminist, educator, businessperson, and diplomat.
Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of American University's Antiracist Research and Policy Center, said: "Douglass was a transformative figure in American history. The efforts of many change agents today—regarding racial justice, human rights and gender equality—will have a transformative effect on the future of the United States and on the world. We want to recognize those change agents as the most critical legacy of Frederick Douglass."
A brief program featuring remarks by Kendi and Douglass' descendants will take place. Interviews with Kendi and Douglass' descendants following the event can be accommodated.
10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14.
Ibram X. Kendi (award-winning scholar and National Book Award-winning professor of International Relations and History at American University, and founding director, Antiracist Research and Policy Center, American University)
Nettie Washington Douglass (descendant of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington and co-founder, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives)
Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. (descendant of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington co-founder, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives)