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Dr. Frederick Douglass in Paris, France “wept with joy” upon hearing a “Negro girl” sing “Steal Away To Jesus”
Earlier this month there was an academic conference in Paris focusing on the subject of Dr. Frederick (Bailey) Douglass.
Short on scholarship, such as Frederick Douglass in Paris, and long on speculation and “intersectionality,” the gathered assemblage and conference organizers missed a sacred opportunity to uplift and advance lost history.
Attentive scholars of Dr. Douglass, of which there are woefully few, know how important Paris was to Dr. Douglass. I need not offer further details, whereas material published on this blog has been properly and improperly cited in David Blight’s book, as well as used by other Ivy League professors.
I know folks who claim to be Douglass scholars but are limited in their scholarship and therefore more restricted in their interpretations take material on this blog to use as their own.
As a street historian my orientation is similar to Dr. John Creighton in that the information and research should be available to the public. As a result of this blog more than a couple family historians as well as others have reached out to me. As a result of this blog many dialogues have occurred and collaborative friendships commenced.
This folks who put together the #DouglassInParis conference have no personal nor intellectual integrity. In a forthcoming blog post I will detail why and how the conference was an embarrassment but for now I present further unknown and unpublished scholarship on #DouglassInParis …
The Fisk Jubilee Singers made Gladstone weep and praise, and once when Fred Douglass was in Paris a reception was given him, and behind closed doors they had a Negro girl who was attending a school of musical culture, and when Mr. Douglass was at the highest pitch of jollity forth came the sweet melody of “Steal Away to Jesus,” and all was silent.
Finally Douglass said, “No one can sing that way but my people.”
The folding doors opened wide, and there stood a Negro girl with arms outstretched wide.
Douglass advanced without an introduction, embraced her and wept with joy.
Trademarked research not to be purloined by Princeton undergraduates or condescending and snide professors.
Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Youth Conference — Youth, ages 13-18, join Banneker-Douglass Museum on Friday, July 27 _ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm _ FREE (Open to DC-area youth and educators)
This conference is a unique opportunity for youth to celebrate the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass, while preparing them to become active and engaged members of an ever-changing global society.
Calling all youth, ages 13-18!
Come join Banneker-Douglass Museum and RETAP Baltimore on Friday July 27, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm for the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Youth Conference.
The conference is open to DC-area youth and educators!
84 Franklin Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Register for Frederick Douglass “Reacting to the Past Workshop” at Frostburg State University, February 16 & 17, 2013
Frostburg State University invites the Maryland community to participate in a 2-day workshop introducing the Reacting to the Past pedagogical role playing game Frederick Douglass, Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Constitution: 1845, led by Dr. Mark Higbee, Professor of History at Eastern Michigan University.
The workshop will be held at Frostburg State University on Saturday February 16, and Sunday February 17, 2013. (In case of extreme weather the workshop will be held on March 2 and 3.)
All participants will receive a historical role to play and game materials including primary texts to help them prepare to play their role.
This workshop is presented in partnership with Reacting to the Past and the FSU Department of Philosophy and History, African American Studies Program, Women’s Studies Program, International Studies Program, Center for Teaching Excellence Advisory Group, President’s Advisory Council for Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Black Student Alliance and National Council of Negro Women.