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“Haiti and Frederick Douglass Across Generations & Geography” – May 23, 2020 3PM – 5PM @ Sankofa Books; 2714 Georgia Avenue, Washington D.C.
Enjoy an afternoon of history and discussion at the locally respected and internationally known Sankofa Video Books & Café on Georgia Avenue, across the street from Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Dual presentations will be offered by author and historians John Muller & Frantz Derenoncourt, Jr. discussing Dr. Frederick Douglass as a student of Haitian history, U.S. Minister to Haiti and the impact of the Haitian Revolution on Douglass, in which he drew inspiration and invoked throughout his life on the public stage.
Travel from pre-industrial Baltimore City, where a young Frederick Bailey first learned of François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture from Afro-Haitian refugees on their way to school in his neighborhood, to the appointment of Frederick Douglass by President Grant to the Santo Domingo Commission to Paris, where Douglass developed friendships with Afro-Haitians, to the service of Minister Douglass to Haiti during the administrations of Haitian President Florvil Hyppolite and American President Benjamin Harrison to the 1893 World’s Exposition in Chicago where Douglass presided at the Haitian Pavilion.
— Seating will be available on a first come basis —
Frantz Derenoncourt Jr. is the author of several books on Haitian history and the owner of Thorbred Books. Derenoncourt lectures widely to schools, community groups and professional organizations.
John Muller is the author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia (2012) and is currently at work on a book on Douglass and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
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Sankofa is located across the street from the Howard Business School, minutes away from the historic U Street and Shaw neighborhoods.
Metrorai: Petworth, U Street, Columbia Heights and Shaw-Howard are located approximately .8 miles away.
Buses: 70 & 79 offer convenient stops nearby.
Thank you Sankofa Books on Georgia Avenue NW for uplifting history of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.
Adjacent to the campus of Howard University on Georgia Avenue NW Sankofa Books has been a gathering place for students, activists, community organizers, professors and street historians since the late 1990s.
As a youngster coming up taking the 70 bus it was not an ambition to one day have my own work of local history on Frederick Douglass displayed on the shelves of the Godmother of Washington City’s Pan-African and Afrocentric bookstores.
During a recent visit to Sankofa we connected with a legendary 7th Street historian and throne seat poet who is considering a localized work on Dr. Douglass in the mid-west.
Moving into the fall and winter we hope to begin a series which will look closer and more properly at the history of American Pharaoh Dr. Frederick (Bailey) Douglass and a variety of subjects currently being suppressed by diabolical Eurocentric thought and scandal-mongering.
As local street historians our responsibility is to uplift the scholarship and the humanity of its interpretation and discussion.
Gratitude and respect cannot be properly expressed in language to Sankofa Books for uplifting and recognizing the local history of Dr. Douglass and for being a diplomatic outpost for street scholars around the world of the Douglassonian Diaspora.
Thank you, Sankofa, Georgia Avenue and all late night students and historians on the back of the 70.
It is an honor to be in company of fellow authors Master Historian C. R. Gibbs, Dr. Ida E. Jones, Archivist of Morgan State University, Jenny Masur of the D.C. Historical Studies Planning Committees of yesteryear and other colleagues, friends and mentors within the local Washington, D.C. / Baltimore history communities.