Archive for January 20th, 2018

CATO Institute: “Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man” February 8, 2018 (4:00 pm to 5:30 pm)

Featuring author Timothy Sandefur, Vice President for Litigation and Duncan Chair in Constitutional Government, Goldwater Institute; with comments by Juan Williams, Political Analyst and Host, Fox News; and Jonathan Blanks, Research Associate, Cato Institute; moderated by Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs, Cato Institute.

Born into slavery in 1818, Frederick Douglass rose to become one of the nation’s foremost intellectuals—a statesman, author, lecturer, and scholar who helped lead the fight against slavery and racial oppression. But unlike some other prominent abolitionists, Douglass embraced the U.S. Constitution, insisting that it was essentially an anti-slavery document and that its guarantees for individual rights belonged to all Americans, of all races. Further, in his most popular lecture, “Self-Made Men,” Douglass spoke of people who rise through their own efforts and devotion rather than through circumstances of privilege. As the nation pauses to remember him on his bicentennial, Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man takes a fresh look at his remarkable life and ideas and the enduring principles of equality and liberty. Weaving together history, politics, and philosophy, this new biography illuminates Douglass’s immense scholarship with his personal experiences. Please join us as we discuss how Douglass’s legacy continues to inspire today.

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Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Exhibit opens at Baltimore City Hall, Feb. 1, 2018

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West North Avenue, Baltimore. Photo: John Muller & William Alston-El

The Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Exhibit will be on display at Baltimore City Hall in the north gallery. The exhibit will chronicle Douglass life with special emphasis on his time in Baltimore, involvement the Underground Railroad, Civil War and post 1865. The exhibit will include pictures, maps, quilts, dvds and other state of the art exhibit items honoring one of America’s great iconic figures of the 19th century. One of the primary goals of the project to invite Maryland public, private and charter school students to Baltimore City Hall to tour the exhibit and learn more about Frederick Douglass and his lifelong efforts as an advocate for freedom, justice and equality.

Editor’s Note:

This is the best information we got. Looks like FD’s image is on the cover of the monthly Baltimore magazine give-away distributed at museums and tourist locations. I’ll try to get up there before Feb. 1 and/or gather harder intelligence before this exhibit opens.

Information out of Baltimore is rather unclear in terms of what is being done and who is doing it? The Mayor’s Office? Enoch Pratt? The Maryland Historical Society, located in Baltimore? Morgan State? Johns Hopkins? The city historical society and city college / university? The Fells Point Preservation Society?

We got nothing through the website for Baltimore City government. Not even an event listing. Nothing on the website for the City Council.

Not sure Washington City is any better …

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