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.
SAMPLE EVENT SCHEDULE
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