Posts Tagged Ka’mal McClarin

Video: “Frederick Douglass and the Visual Arts in Washington, D.C.” (Ranger Dr. Ka’mal McClarin, Curator – Frederick Douglass National Historic Site)

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Dr. Frederick (Bailey) Douglass & Kojo Nnamdi — “International Men of Consequence” [Transcript of interview w/ Dr. Ka’mal McClarin & John Muller on The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU 88.5 FM, July 3, 2018]

Frederick Douglass reading

Courtesy of Frederick Douglass National Historic Site 

Infinite gratitude to The Kojo Nnamdi Show and journalist Kojo Nnamdi for hosting a lively conversation on the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial earlier this week.


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Kojo Nnamdi Show features “Frederick Douglass: Abolitionist Icon And Man Of Washington” [July 3, 2018, 12pm _ 88.5 WAMU]

Frederick Douglass reading

Frederick Douglass reading 

This year marks the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Douglass in the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Although he was internationally known for his work as an abolitionist, writer, suffragist, orator, and statesman, in his later years he was deeply involved in the politics and culture of local Washington, where he lived in an Anacostia mansion. We take a look at the time Douglass spent in Washington, hear how residents are celebrating the bicentennial of his birth and, in the lead up to Independence Day, remember one of his most famous speeches, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”



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State Department Lecture: Ebenezer Bassett and Frederick Douglass, African American Leaders in American Diplomacy (February 14, 2018, 12pm to 1:30pm @ United States Diplomacy Center)

In recognition of African American History Month and the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’s birthday, please join the United States Diplomacy Center for a special program exploring the diplomatic careers of two 19th century prominent African Americans who served as U.S. ministers to Haiti: Ebenezer Bassett, America’s first African American diplomat, and Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, writer, activist, civil servant, and diplomat.

Christopher Teal, U.S. Foreign Service Officer and author of Hero of Hispaniola: America’s First Black Diplomat, Ebenezer D. Bassett, will discuss his current project, a documentary on Bassett, after a screening of the upcoming film.

Dr. Ka’mal McClarin, Curator at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, National Park Service, lends insight into Douglass’s little-known diplomatic career. Several artifacts belonging to Douglass during his time in Haiti will be on display.

African American Pioneer Diplomats: Ebenezer Bassett and Frederick Douglass


RSVP required; register using the link:

*Bring a government issued photo ID/RSVP required/Seating is limited

**Professors/teachers may use their own email when registering students.

United States Diplomacy Center, U.S. Department of State

330 21st Street NW

Washington, DC 20006

METRO: Foggy Bottom (Blue, Orange and Silver)

Editor’s Note:

The Life and Times of Ebenezer Bassett
Educational Resources (37 pages) [PDF]

Biography (28 pages) [PDF]

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AHA Conference — Frederick Douglass at 200: His Legacy in Our Time

What Would Frederick Douglasss Say

Copyright exclusive to William Alston-El and John Muller. Strictly enforced.

AHA Session 300

Sunday, January 7, 2018

11:00 AM-12:30 PM

Virginia Suite C (Marriott Wardman Park, Lobby Level)

Session Abstract

Douglass’s was an epic American life. It spanned most of the nineteenth century. In many ways, his journey to maturity unfolded in tandem with that of the United States itself. Douglass became an international celebrity in his lifetime, serving as an ambassador first culturally and later officially. His life illuminates important and compelling stories about the United States and the countries he visited. Douglass traveled to (among other places) England, Ireland, Scotland, Egypt, Canada, and Haiti.The bicentennial of Douglass’s birth falls in 2018 (February 14th in fact). It offers an extraordinary opportunity for teaching, storytelling, commemoration, and celebration, linking the local and the global. Programs and events will take place around the globe.

And even we–who began planning for his bicentennial a few years ago—are continually struck anew by ways in which Douglass’s legacy speaks to people and to politics today.

Here in the District of Columbia, where Douglass made his home for the last quarter-century of his life, a network has been forming among all the people, places, organizations, educational institutions, artists, and community groups worldwide who will mark Frederick Douglass’s bicentennial.

The proposed Roundtable brings together representatives of such organizations, diverse in location, mission, and focus. All share an interest in bringing Douglass’s life and legacy to wider audiences, and in connecting with likeminded others. This session showcases for conference attendees the vibrancy, innovation, and increasing interconnectedness of goals and programming among scholars and educational institutions, museums, stewards of historic sites and other interpreters of history for the public, human rights organizations, artists, and community groups. All aim to engage directly with questions of what Douglass’s past has to teach the present.

As a preview of bicentennial projects already begun, this session presents a diverse and democratic global bicentennial community in keeping with Douglass’s own lifelong commitment to diversity, to education and literacy, and to civic participation. The audience for our bicentennial community and programs encompasses students and teachers, artists, writers, churches, community groups, those who work in cultural heritage and historical interpretation of all kinds, as well as large swaths of the general public. We expect the audience for this session will be as similarly diverse as annual meeting attendance rules allow.

The four presenters and the commentator will each be held to a strict time limit of ten (10) minutes for their presentations, for a total of fifty (50) minutes. We will have printed flyers to distribute to the audience containing the short CVs or biographical paragraphs of all roundtable participants, thus eliminating the need for lengthy introductions. The chair will identify the participants, indicate the order of their presentations, and keep time, for an additional five (5) minutes. This will leave thirty-five (35) minutes for audience Q & A and discussion.

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Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: A Panel @ Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, February 12, 6:30 – 8pm [Black Studies Center, Room 316]

Three Scholars Discuss the Local Significance of Frederick Douglass

Photo of Frederick Douglass

Please join us on Tuesday, Feb. 12 for an enlightening panel discussion on the dynamic role that Frederick Douglass played in the history of Washington, D.C. during the era of Post-Emancipation.

Our distinguished panel:

Moderated by Kelly Navies, DC Public Library

This event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Black Studies Center, Room 316.

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