Call for Douglassonians & Anacostians: Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Community Conference on Saturday, December 9, 2017 [DC PREP – 1409 V Street SE]

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Douglassonians and Douglass Neighbors!

I’m organizing a Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Community Conference on Saturday, December 9th at DC Prep’s newly opened Anacostia Elementary Campus, in the old St. Teresa School at 1409 V Street SE. Cedar Hill, the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, is around the corner at 1411 W Street SE.

Raymond Weeden of DC Prep has generously donated space, from 9am – 4pm, to convene a gathering of local and regional Douglassonians in preparation for Frederick Douglass 200, or Frederick Douglass Bicentennial, which is planned to take place across multiple countries, states, cities and towns throughout 2018.

Despite the recent passing of legislation to create an official government commission very little has been organized and there has been no gathering of Douglassonians — open to the community and general public — in Washington, D.C. in nearly two decades. The last efforts were led by Dr. Frank Fargasso and Howard University.

Time is running out for Mr. Douglass to get the organized recognition and community collaboration he so righteously and properly deserves.

Although we’re working on a tight window the organization of the event is simple and straight-forward.



9am – 9:30am – light refreshments

9:30 am – 9:45 am — welcome from DC Prep and other representatives

9:45 am – 10:45 am – Douglass presentation / panel #1

10:45 am – 10:40 am – break

10:50 am – 11:50 am – Douglass presentation / panel #2

11:50 am – 12:45 pm – lunch — vendor tables to distribute information and/or promote materials on your organization and/or FD

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm — Douglass presentation / panel #3

1:45 pm – 1:50 pm break

1:50 pm – 2:50 pm – Douglass presentation / panel #4

2:50 pm – 2:55 pm – break

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm – closing remarks

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm — community round table and discussion


What I am asking of you:

1. Are you interested in speaking / presenting? What will you speak / present on?

2. Will you be representing yourself or your organization? Or both?

3. Do you need A/V?

4. Which panel or time slot do you prefer?

* At this time there are no funds for stipends or honorariums available. All efforts and labor is pro-bono at this time.*

Some of you may know me from when I organized a theatre group and staged a play about the 70 bus many, many moons ago. Some may know from events I’ve organized at the library or in the community. Others may know of my reporting and work on Douglass in Anacostia. Others may have no idea who I am but if you’re cool with Douglass, we are cool. We can get this done but it will take “we” who care about Douglass and his life and legacy. Time is quickly running out.

I look forward to working with you and speaking with you.

Please do not hesitate to call me at 202.236.3413 at any time.

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