Archive for April 10th, 2019

BBC In Our Time: 20/20 Frederick Douglass featuring Celeste-Marie Bernier, Karen Salt, and Nicholas Guyatt; interview by Melvyn Bragg

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and ideas of Frederick Douglass, who was born into slavery in Maryland in 1818 and, once he had escaped, became one of that century’s most prominent abolitionists. He was such a good orator, his opponents doubted his story, but he told it in grim detail in 1845 in his book ‘Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.’

He went on to address huge audiences in Great Britain and Ireland and there some of his supporters paid off his owner, so Douglass could be free in law and not fear recapture. After the Civil War and the abolition of slavery, he campaigned for equal rights for African-Americans, arguing against those such as Lincoln who had wanted freed slaves to leave America and found a colony elsewhere. “We were born here,” he said, “and here we will remain.”

With Celeste-Marie Bernier, Professor of Black Studies in the English Department at the University of Edinburgh; Karen Salt, Assistant Professor in Transnational American Studies at the University of Nottingham; and Nicholas Guyatt, Reader in North American History at the University of Cambridge.

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Annual Easter Egg Hunt 2019 at Frederick Douglass National Historic Site open to children ages 0 – 12 (Saturday, April 20 @ 10 AM – 1 PM)

Easter Egg Hunt - April 20, 2019Celebrate the lasting legacy of Frederick Douglass’s at the National Park Service’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. The event will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 10 am to 1 pm at Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in historic Anacostia, Washington D.C.

At this FREE community event, children ages 0 – 12 will hunt for Easter eggs, take pictures with the Easter bunny, play games on the lawn of Cedar Hill, and experience the power of place with ranger led tours of Douglass’s historic home. Join in the fun with arts and crafts lead by local community organizations Konsider Dis and EYL 365 Project. Enjoy story time with Dr. Kelsi Bracmort, author of Simone Visits the Museum and DC native, and get your book signed!

10:00 – Arrival of visitors and check-in at the Visitor Center
10:15 – Easter egg hunt will begin for children ages 6 and older.
10:30 – Easter egg hunt will begin for children ages 5 and younger.
9:30am – 1:00pm – Arts & crafts lead by EYL 365 Project and Konsider Dis plus face painting with Rain Young
10:30am – 1:00pm – Lawn games and house tours
11:30am – 12:30pm – Easter Bunny
12:00 – Story time: Dr. Kelsi Bracmort will read her new book, “Simone Visits the Museum,” and be available to sign all day

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