Archive for January, 2019

Video: “An Evening with David Blight” at the Georgia Historical Society

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Video: Frederick Douglass, 19th Century Civil Rights Activist: His Legacy Today @ National Archives (October 18, 2018)


Join us for a panel discussion in honor of the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Douglass. The panel will explore the legacy of Frederick Douglass 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 & President, Frederick Douglass Family Initiative. Frederick Douglass himself (portrayed by Phil Darius Wallace) will also appear.

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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The Lincoln Group of DC Hits the Small Screen Once Again … “Lost History: Frederick Douglass and the Lincoln Family” to air on C-SPAN 3 American History TV -> Sunday, January 20 at 3:30 a.m. ET

The Lincoln Group of DC is happy to announce that the October 16, 2018 presentation by John Muller about Frederick Douglass was taped by C-SPAN and is now scheduled for airing. It will be aired on:

Sunday, January 20 at 3:30 a.m. ET on C-SPAN 3

American History TV

www.c-span.org/history

After its initial airing, the program will be available in C-SPAN’s Video Library the following day, where it can be viewed anytime. You can find it by going to www.c-span.org and looking for the “Video Library” search box in the top third of the page. Enter John Muller’s name to find the video.

Be there live next time!  If you haven’t already, please sign up for the January 15, 2019 LGDC dinner meeting featuring Patrick Hickey, whose very timely talk is titled “The Devil vs. the Hummingbird: The Midnight Confrontation on Capitol Hill that Determined the Fate of a Presidency and Ensured the Survival of Constitutional Government.”

Sign up at: http://lincolngroup.org/jan2019.html

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“President Trump signs anti-human trafficking bill into law” (Catholic News Agency)

Rep. Smith at the podium, and Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and President of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, April 2017. Courtesy photo.


By: Christine Rousselle
President Trump signs anti-human trafficking bill into law

Washington D.C., Jan 9, 2019 / 07:45 am
President Donald Trump signed the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act on Tuesday.

The law, which was authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), authorizes $430 million to be spent over the next four years to help combat sex and labor trafficking both in the United States and abroad. This is Smith’s fifth anti-trafficking bill to become law.

“In the fight to end modern day slavery, my law honors the extraordinary legacy of one of the greatest Americans who ever lived,” Smith said of Frederick Douglass, a former slave who became a prominent abolitionist after being freed.

he law provides resources for trafficking prevention education for children; shelter, therapies, and reintegration assistance for trafficking survivors; the facilitation of trafficking-free supply chains in the United States; training of government officials as well as airline industry employees to identify trafficking cases; and oversight to ensure that government purchases are not employing traffickers.

The bulk of the allocations will go to the State Department to fund their educational and diplomatic efforts against trafficking.

The new legislation provides funding to the International Megan’s Law, which was also authored by Smith.

The International Megan’s Law, which was named in memory of Megan Kanka, a 7-year-old who was murdered in 1994 by a convicted pedophile, establishes country-to-country notification about convicted pedophiles who may be traveling to an area for the purposes of sex trafficking or child exploitation.

Since the International Megan’s Law was enacted in February 2016, nearly 3,500 convicted pedophiles have been denied entry to a country. This new bill allocates $18 million in funding to the Department of Justice, Department of State, and the Department of Homeland Security spread over three years.

A recent United Nation Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report found that there has been an increase in the number of trafficking victims, particularly girls, over the last decade. The total number of people detected as victims of trafficking has increased 40 percent since 2011, but the UN says that this could be due to improvements in detection.

In 2016, the most recent year statistics were available, 23 percent of all detected trafficking victims around the world were girls under the age of 18. In 2004, the first year statistics were made available, only 10 percent of trafficking victims were girls. Boys under the age of 18 accounted for eight percent of detected trafficking victims.

The UNODC found that 94 percent of sex trafficking victims were female. Males accounted for 65 percent of labor trafficking victims. Vulnerable populations, such as Syrian and Rohingya refugees, are at an increased risk of being preyed upon by human traffickers.

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“LOST HISTORY: Frederick Douglass in Caroline County, Maryland” [Sat., February 9, 2019 – 1:30 PM @ Caroline County Central Library – Denton]

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LOST HISTORY:
Frederick Douglass in Caroline County, Maryland

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2019 – 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

** CAROLINE COUNTY CENTRAL LIBRARY – DENTON **
100 MARKET STREET
DENTON, MARYLAND 21629

In recognition of the consequential Eastern Shore history of Dr. Frederick (Bailey) Douglass, a special presentation will be made on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Caroline County Central Library in Historic Denton, Maryland detailing a previously unknown visit Douglass made to Caroline County in the fall of 1883.

With the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial being celebrated and recognized throughout the country, and world, the local impact and significance of his life can often be overlooked. Based in Washington, D.C., local historian John Muller made headlines in the Star Democrat last September introducing and presenting research detailing previously unknown visits Douglass made to Cambridge in Dorchester County.

The subject of biographies and focus of manuscripts for generations, including Young Frederick Douglass: The Maryland Years by Eastern Shore historian Dickson J. Preston, the fuller and more complete story of Dr. Douglass on the Shore has yet to be told.

Join local history enthusiasts and community leaders for a debut presentation detailing a previously unknown high-profile visit Dr. Douglass made to Denton, Maryland, arriving by train, escorted through town by a brass band from Centreville, speaking at the old county courthouse and departing by boat.

Following the presentation will be a Q&A.

Featured Presenters

Denton Town Councilwoman Doncella Wilson, a native of Queen Anne’s County, will offer introductory remarks. Wilson is the founder of the FireFlies Denton, a community-based organization that recognizes outstanding youth and advocates, and serves in a variety of leadership roles and advocacy positions.

John Muller is the author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C: The Lion of Anacostia (2012) and Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent (2013) and is at work on Lost History: Frederick Douglass and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. He will be presenting “The Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Western Maryland” at the Washington County Central Library in Hagerstown February 12, 2019 and “Lost History: Frederick (Bailey) Douglass in Baltimore” at the Enoch Pratt Central Library in Baltimore on February 28, 2019.

Invited Elected Officials, Community Leaders and Organizations

Invitations will be extended to Denton Mayor Abigail W. McNinch, members of the Denton Town Council, Caroline County Historical Society, Ridgley Historical Society, Maryland Commission on African-American History and Culture, Caroline County Office of Tourism, Caroline County Commissioners, elected officials within the Maryland State Senate and Maryland State Assembly representing Caroline County, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, University of Maryland-College Park, Salisbury University’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Dean of the Frederick Douglass Library at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, Maryland Humanities Council, National Museum of African-American History and Culture, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, members of the Douglass and Bailey Family and others.

CONTACT:

Tara Hill-Coursey
North County Branch Manager
thill-coursey@carolib.org / 410.482.2173

Caroline County Central Library – Denton

The Caroline County Central Library is located in downtown Denton at First and Market Street. The library is easily accessible by car from Easton, Cambridge, Baltimore and Washington, D.C with a parking lot behind the library and available street parking throughout Denton.

Denton, Maryland is the county seat of Caroline County, Maryland and includes stops on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway.

For more information on the program and/or directions please call 410.479.1343 or visit http://www.carolib.org/.

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President Signs Frederick Douglass Act Into Law; H.R.2200 – Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2018

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Robert J. Benz at (702) 523-4845, rbenz@fdfi.org

President Signs Frederick Douglass Act Into Law Underscoring the Importance of Human Trafficking Prevention

(January 9, 2019, Atlanta, GA) Yesterday, President Trump signed the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act.

This bill is the fifth reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 with previous versions passed in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2013. The Frederick Douglass Act, however, is the first to highlight the increasing relevance of prevention in the fight to end human trafficking by including the strategy within the legislation’s title.

“Unless we reduce the vulnerability of children to this crime, the number of new victims will continue to rise,” said Ashlie Bryant, Co-Founder, CEO & President, 3Strands Global Foundation. “In this bill, human trafficking prevention education is recognized as a critical asset to our anti-trafficking efforts.”

Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and President of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives reflects, “If my great ancestor were here today, I believe he would be driven to lead the struggle against contemporary forms of slavery. My family sends a special thanks to Representative Christopher Smith from New Jersey, the entire U.S. Congress and the President for permitting the Douglass legacy to do just that.”

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) is an Abolitionist organization co-founded by direct descendants of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington.

Our mission: To Advance Freedom through Knowledge and Strategic Action.

FDFI has been a leader in implementing human trafficking prevention education curricula in classrooms nationally since 2007. To learn more about human trafficking prevention education, go to www.PROTECTnow.org and www.FDFI.org.

In freedom,
Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives

http://www.fdfi.org
http://www.fd2018.org

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Enhancing the Narrative of DC Public Schools: A Wikipedia Editing Workshop [Sat, January 19, 2019 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

Image may contain: 1 person, textJoin us at Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives and help to improve and create Wikipedia articles about the history of public education in the District of Columbia. No Wikipedia editing experience is necessary, as training will be provided. Reference materials from the Sumner Archives will be readily available.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Lunch will be provided.

Laptops are required. Please bring your own.

Wikimedia DC has two laptops to loan. Reserve one by emailing info@wikimediadc.org

REGISTER HERE!

Location

Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives [corner of 17th & M]

1201 17th Street NW

Washington, DC 20036

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