— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE —
December 19, 2019
“The Radical Friendship of T. Thomas Fortune and Frederick Douglass”
Saturday, February 8, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thomas Fortune Foundation and Cultural Center
94 Drs James Parker Boulevard
Red Bank, New Jersey 07701
Paramount to the study and discussion of the history of American Journalism, and the pantheon of the Black Press, are the careers and contributions of Frederick Douglass and T. Thomas Fortune.
Douglass took an active role mentoring and supporting Timothy Thomas Fortune, forty years his junior, while a law student at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in the 1870s. With the development of the first national organization for African-American journalists and editors, Douglass and Fortune worked side by side. Sharing platform stages in cities from Virginia to New Jersey, Douglass and Fortune developed a friendship across generations and geography. In 1892 Fortune visited Cedar Hill, the Washington, D.C. home of Douglass, and wrote one of the most revealing and personal newspaper profiles of the Lion of Anacostia.
Visit the recently opened T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center, a National Historic Landmark, to hear locally and internationally known Douglassonian scholar and author John Muller, with thought-provoking detail, present about their their relationship discussed through primary sources, including an 1886 letter in which Fortune wrote to Douglass: “I shall hope always to be remembered among your friends …”
Q&A will follow what promises to be a memorable one-hour presentation.
**Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served availability. While online registration is free, there will be a suggested donation to support ongoing activities and operations of the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center. ***
$10 — General Admission / $5 — Seniors, Students, Veterans, Journalists & Teachers
John Muller, 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), has presented widely throughout the DC-Baltimore metropolitan area at venues including the Library of Congress, Politics and Prose Bookstore, Newseum, American Library in Paris, Enoch Pratt Library, DC Public Library, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and local universities. Muller is a frequent guest on Washington, D.C. radio stations and has been cited by the Washington Post, Washington City Paper and other publications for his local history research and subject expertise. He is currently working on a book about the lost history of Frederick Douglass on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Muller has been featured on C-SPAN’s BookTV and C-SPAN’s American History TV, as well as in the pages of the Washington Post, airwaves of NBC4 (Washington) and radio stations WPFW (DC), WAMU (DC), WYPR (Baltimore) and Delmarva Public Radio (Eastern Shore).
For the past decade Muller has contributed hundreds of articles to local and national print and online news sources, including the Washington Informer.
The T. Thomas Fortune Foundation is an organization comprised of concerned citizens from New Jersey, some of whom have been working together since 2008 to bring awareness to the plight of the T. Thomas Fortune House, a National Historic Landmark, located at 94 Drs. James Parker Blvd. in Red Bank, New Jersey.
Over the years, we have held fundraisers, T. Thomas Fortune Symposium, a few “People Speak” events, Fortune birthday celebrations and made many school and public library presentations.
We are grateful for all the support we have received since the opening of the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center on May 30, 2019. We are anticipating Mr. Muller’s presentation to provide a greater historical perspective on the collaborative work and relationship of T. Thomas Fortune and Frederick Douglass.
For more information on T. Thomas Fortune Foundation and Cultural Center visit: https://www.tthomasfortuneculturalcenter.org/
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