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Lecture by Hon. Frederick Douglass “In Aid of Free Night Schools” at Washington City in same church where Howard University was founded.

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Copyright of research strictly enforced. Authority of Old Anacostia Douglassonians.

Dr. Frederick Douglass ran with the lost Gods of history. From fugitive slaves to American Presidents to starving Irish peasants to foreign heads of state Dr. Douglass commanded respect and supreme authority wherever and whenever he stepped.

Among the “paradigms” of intersectionality in which historians with no history attempt to place Dr. Douglass they fail to comprehend and understand something simple and basic: Dr. Douglass was a friend to the friendless.

Evident throughout his entire life Dr. Douglass gave back to the cause which raised him.

When I first began investigating the local legacy of Dr. Douglass community members in Old Anacostia asked, suggested and demanded I tell the untold story of his giving back to the community. I heard many an oral history, some I have now forgot, of Dr. Douglass looking out for young folk and families of the community. One of the more interesting stories I heard was from an older lady who told me her grandmother attended a local church where Dr. Douglass was known to occasionally teach Sunday school. The older lady, who I would speak to during walks in the neighborhood with my dear friend Anthony Moore, told me her grandmother and classmates would get together as adults and talk about their friend and former teacher.

As a teenager Dr. Douglass taught slaves to read. Without equivocation the established archival record and oral histories confirm Dr. Douglass was respected as an educator and friend to the friendless within his community for more than 60 years. Dr. Douglass never forgot the forgotten.

Heretofore henceforth whereas therein speculative scholarship is a dangerous and racist distortion of the truth of the life of Dr. Douglass. You know, we know who you are.

The Western Academy has betrayed Dr. Douglass. Modern American historians have near uniformly disgraced themselves and their profession with the incredible absence of original scholarship on Dr. Douglass.

The history of Dr. Douglass is in you and your community. The community of Old Anacostia has authorized me to uplift the fallen history and legacy of Dr. Douglass across all nations and languages.

Truth will set us all free.

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Congregational Church, where Howard University was founded, at 10th & G Streets NW. Photo Washingtoniana, DC Public Library/

Living in Washington City for a quarter-century Dr. Douglass was known as equally in the press galleries of the House and Senate and offices of the Executive Mansion as he was on street corners, church pulpits and classrooms of Howard University.

That Dr. Douglass commanded supreme respect wherever he walked was not due his fame nor his past but due his assistance to his community in the present.

Knowing vapid academics have stolen my research before and will continue to do so we are selective in our disclosure of sources but it is sometimes extra necessary to demonstrate from whence Dr. Douglass comes to counter and correct the dominating lies and untruths.

In 1886 Dr. Douglass gave a lecture “In Aid to Free Night Schools” at the same church where Howard University was conceived.

We briefly share this anecdote to honor Valerie Ashley and all her staff and students at Southeast Ministry, all staff and students at Ballou STAY, Roosevelt Stay, Academy of HopeWashington Literacy Council and all the organizations in Washington City uplifting humanity and community.

It is through the work of these organizations the legacy of Dr. Douglass remains alive and well.


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Video: “The Activism, Artistry, and Authorship of Frederick Douglass” by Prof. Celeste-Marie Bernier (National Gallery of Art)

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Mediocre speculations continue; Yale Professor David Blight demonstrates lack of rudimentary knowledge of sophisticated business mind and acumen of Dr. Frederick Douglass

We know the scholarship. We know Yale Professor David Blight does not truly know the scholarship. Professor Blight is little more than a reiteration of McFeely and Deidrich.

We know Blight’s limited bibliography of original Douglass research. We know his past and current positions within AHA, New York Historical Society, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition and elsewhere. We know there are others that question David Blight’s limited scholarship and troubled interpretations.

We know Blight’s White Man Lies. We know his perverted racist fantasies. We know without a happenstance introduction to Douglass family scrapbooks within the collection of Dr. Walter O. Evans Professor Blight would have not written his deeply flawed, although widely praised, book on Dr. Douglass.

We know when applied pressure to exhaust his scholastic understanding of Dr. Douglass Blight woefully tells on himself, betraying an incredible lack of depth and scope of understanding.

In the course of “agitating” Washington College earlier this year Professor Blight was asked to answer a simple question. Blight demonstrated he doesn’t know diddley about Dr. Douglass and The University yet that didn’t stop Washington College from providing him a stage for his racism. Blight was paid to tell “White Man Lies” then and continues to be paid to lie.

Blight has no clue. He has done nothing to bring up the next generation of Douglass scholars. He has established no journal. No conference. For years he has held summer workshops to communicate his “White Man Lies” and twisted perversions, such as insinuations on the symbolism and meaning of the “Growlery” on Cedar Hill, to impressionable educators.

Blight is all sizzle, no steak. Blight is all rhetoric, no scholarship.

The selfish, manipulative, dishonest and petty Blight is a disgrace to Master Educator William Alston-El who instructed me to not allow anyone to lie on Dr. Douglass.

Blight is not a Douglass Scholar. Blight is just a dude with some buzz-fuzz words who has been around for a couple decades.

Our dear professor may be regarded as an educator at Yale but within the community of Old Anacostia Blight is known as someone who has traveled the world spreading lies about Dr. Douglass.

W Street Douglassonians do not take kindly to anyone disrespecting Dr. Douglass.

Tell the truth to the world. Blight tells lies to the world.


In an interview with “Just The Right Book Podcast” Blight remarks:

He never earned a dime from 1841 until 1877 any other way than with voice and pen. How many people can do that? Now he had some help, too, from his British friends …

Not true. Documents and scholarship does not support this assertion. Blight has neither documents nor scholarship despite studying Dr. Douglass across four decades. This is the best he can do?

Although Blight uses the above misstatement to laud Dr. Douglass — and qualifies it somewhat — it is nonetheless an example of Blight’s glaring incomplete understanding of Dr. Douglass and the respective field of scholarship. Although heralded for 30 years as an “expert” in the field of Douglass Studies, Blight’s expertise is limited and limiting.

In Rochester and Washington City Dr. Douglass invested in real estate. I’ve seen the records in DC folios and libers. They exist. Street historians, community historians, local historians and professionals historians and educators know.

For example, I suggest reading journalist-historian Sally Parker’s wonderful article, “Preserving Family Memories by Remembering an Icon,” in the Spring 2018 edition of the New York Archives which discusses some of Dr. Douglass’ Rochester real estate dealings:


In Blight’s talks, which I have studied — since, you know, he is an alleged Douglass expert and he cites my book 8 times — he has yet to mention just one time the groundbreaking scholarship, If I Survive by Prof. Celeste-Marie Bernier. If I Survive includes select materials of the Walter O. Evans Collection.

As evidence of Blight’s absence of integrity he has yet to mention Prof. Bernier’s book once. The paperback edition of If I Survive is priced at $20 in a deliberate and calculated effort to reach as many students of Douglass, primary source-bound educators, community and street historians and those who carry history with honor and integrity. Being that Blight has no honor and no integrity he fails at every turn to mention and acknowledge this groundbreaking scholarship.


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Debut: Walking Tour of Frederick Douglass in Cambridge, Maryland [December 22, 10:30 am; tickets $15]

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Did you know that Frederick Douglass was born in the next county over from where Harriet Tubman was born on Maryland’s Eastern Shore?

Recently some interesting history about Douglass’s visits to Cambridge, MD, has been rediscovered, and on Dec. 22, you can join the Walking Tour of Frederick Douglass in Cambridge. The tour retraces the steps that Douglass took during two visits to Cambridge in 1877 and 1878, and includes two stops along the Tubman Byway (Sites #3 and #4). This year marks 200 years since Douglass’s birth.

The tour, which runs from 10:30am to 12pm, is led by John Muller, historian and author of “Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia.” Tickets cost $15.

Find details and buy tickets.

Cambridge is also home to the Harriet Tubman Museum & Educational Center, and about 20 minutes by auto from the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center.

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David W. Blight speaks about “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” @ Politics Prose [video]


Editor’s Note:

Although I do not budge from my position that Prof. Blight is a disgrace of a man and a dishonor to the Douglassonian scholarly tradition I encourage folks to study his work. Study his work closely. If he is the authority he thinks himself to be and others allege him to be listen to him.

Dr. Douglass needs scholarly attention. Decades of lies will take decades of truths to correct.



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Book Talk: David W. Blight & Ta-Nehisi Coates discuss Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (Yale University, December 6, 2018 – 4:30pm to 6:30pm)

The Gilder Lehrman Center (GLC) for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale will host a book conversation between David W. Blight, GLC Director and Class of 1954 Professor of American History, and author Ta-Nehisi Coates. The program celebrates the release of Blight’s new biography, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” (Simon and Schuster, 2018).

The talk is scheduled for Thursday, December 6, at the Yale University Art Gallery, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Lecture Hall, 1111 Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut.

Book sales begin at 4:30pm and the talk begins at 5:00pm. Blight and Coates will discuss the book within the context of Frederick Douglass’s development as a thinker, activist, and political figure. Courtesy of Atticus Bookstore and Café, books by both authors will be available for sale. Professor Blight will be available to sign books after the talk.

David W. BlightBlight’s book is the definitive biography of the most important African-American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, who escaped from slavery to become the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era. Annette Gordon-Reed, the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and Professor of History at Harvard University, describes the book as a “vibrant and convincing portrait of a towering figure who was also, as Blight says, ‘thoroughly and beautifully human.’”

The writing of the book was prompted by Blight’s lifetime interest in Douglass along with access to the private archives of Walter O. Evans. The materials in the Evans collection, Blight writes, allowed him to explore the “fascinating and complicated life” of the older Douglass, from the period of Reconstruction through his death in 1895. As the first in-depth biography of Douglass published since 1991, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” is “the fullest account ever written of the last third of Douglass’s complex and epic life,” Blight says.

Ta-Nehisi CoatesTa-Nehisi Coates is a distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He is the author of the bestselling books “The Beautiful Struggle,” “We Were Eight Years in Power,” and “Between the World and Me,” which won the National Book Award in 2015. Coates is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. He is also the author of the Marvel Comics “The Black Panther” and “Captain America.”

This program also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Gilder Lehrman Center. The mission of the Gilder Lehrman Center is to explore the history and legacies of slavery across all borders and all times. The Center promotes scholarship and public education focused on the history and afterlives of chattel slavery in the Americas, global slavery, resistance to enslavement, abolitionist social movements, and modern slavery and human trafficking.



The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, the History Department at Yale, and the Yale University Art Gallery celebrate the release of David W. Blight’s new biography, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (Simon & Schuster 2018). Join us for a stimulating conversation in the Yale University Art Gallery’s lecture hall. Within the context of Frederick Douglass’s development as a thinker, activist, and political figure, Professor Blight (Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center) will discuss the book with author Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Courtesy of Atticus Bookstore and Café, both authors’ books will be available for sale at the end of the program. Professor Blight will be available to sign copies of his book.

For their generous support of this program, the Gilder Lehrman Center thanks the Belonging at Yale initiative of the Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life, the Yale University Art Gallery, and Atticus Bookstore and Café.

This program is free and open to the public.

A live stream feed of this event will be available at:

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“The Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Western Maryland” (Feb. 16, 2019 2:00 pm @ Ebenezer AME Church – 26 Bethel Street, Hagerstown, Maryland)

Frederick-Douglass in Hagerstown _ Feb 16, 2019

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