Posts Tagged W Street Douglassonians

GoFundMe: Frederick Douglass Mural Exhibit planned for fall 2018 premier at The Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives in downtown Washington City

Fred Douglass wheat past on lower Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE

Wheat paste of Frederick Douglass on lower Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE. Photo by William Alston-El & John Muller.

From September 20, 2018 until October 13, 2018 an exhibit of Frederick Douglass public art murals in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Rochester will be on display and review at The Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives at 17th & M Streets in downtown Washington, D.C.

Public programming will accompany the exhibit highlighting presentations on Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C., murals throughout the world and the importance of visual representation and photography to Frederick Douglass, the most photographed American of the 19th Century.

Sponsors will be thanked by name in public program and other materials.

Donations will cover costs associated with:

1) Printing high resolution photographs of murals
2) Framing photographs
3) exhibit installation — explanatory text for each mural
printing promotional materials – flyers, postcards, local advertisements and street team
4) honorariums for panel participants
5) costs of special commemorative edition of The Narrative of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave for youth ages 8 – 18
6) incidentals — materials, equipment, etc.

Community Picture Day _ Spread Southside Love _ March 2018

Community Picture Day, 16th & W Street SE. “Spread Southside Love” by Rebeka Ryvola

** Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Frederick Douglass Community Conference in December 2017 and to “Spread Southside Love” mural in February 2018.

Thank you for your continued support of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial.**

DONATE HERE! 

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14 foot Frederick Douglass mural by Aniekan at 16th & W Street SE in Old Anacostia, Washington, DC

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Everyone involved with the installation of this new mural of a commanding Dr. Frederick (Bailey) Douglass at 16th & W Street SE should be applauded and commended, with special thanks to W Street Douglassonian Ms. Melody, store owner Ephrame, muralist Aniekan Udofia and all of Old Anacostia.

 

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Why does Yale Professor David Blight say, he wants to “chain [Frederick Douglass] to a chair”? Blight exposes himself as a closet racist. Entire history community liable.

IMG_5849W Street Douglassonians can determine on at least two separate occasions — Harvard Law School in November 2016 and Maryland Historical Society in February 2018 — when Yale Professor David Blight has spoken of hypothetically chaining Frederick Douglass to a chair in order to interrogate him as to his “manipulative” autobiographies.

At Harvard Blight said:

And that’s the first problem that anyone working on Douglass faces. It’s how the autobiography is always in the way of the biographer.  The problem with Douglass is that the subject is always in your way. And you’re constantly trying to get around him, through him, over him. Sometimes, you just want to sit on him. You know, chain him to a chair – bad metaphor – and say, “Stop now!” Why don’t you talk about these 100 subjects in your autobiography?

At the Maryland Historical Society Blight said:

I have this imaginary seminar that we’re going to have someday with Douglass and he’s going to be at the end of the table and we’re going to — bad metaphor — but we’re going to chain him to the chair! He can’t get out!

This is sickening. This is dangerous. This statement is calculated, deliberative and manipulative. This is racist.

This is an older white historian from Yale describing, for at least the second time in a public setting, a fantasy (he claims he has had) where he intends to “chain [Frederick Douglass] to the chair!”

That David Blight has masqueraded as a “Douglass Scholar” for decades, speaking at recent events such as “The Future of the African American Past,” represents the oppressive power of “White Man Lies” over the entire American historical industry, let alone the nascent field of Douglassoniana Studies.

The history and life of Dr. Douglass is too sacred to be distorted by racists, liars and used car salesman-types.

The day of reckoning is upon David Blight, John Stauffer, Lou Fields and all those who betray history for their own exploitative purposes.

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Editor’s Note:

Special thanks to Marsha Andrews from Flint, Michigan. She recently contacted me on Facebook to defend David Blight’s racism. This post is because of her inability to tell me any errors in my scholarship.

 

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Dr. Frederick (Bailey) Douglass & Higher Education: University of Rochester Edition, Pt. 4 [Letter, June 1879, from Frederick Douglass thanking citizens and friends of Rochester, President of University of Rochester for installing marble bust in Sibley Hall]

statue of Frederick Douglass in a glass case on the library staircase as people walk past

Marble bust of headstrong Dr. Douglass was dedicated and placed in Sibley Hall on the University’s original Prince Street campus in 1879 without his advance knowledge. In recent years Dr. Douglass, a friend of U of R from its founding until his death, was moved to the stairway landing in the Great Hall of Rush Rhees Library. Photo University of Rochester.

I am not from Rochester but as a W Street Douglassonian my scholarship can take itself where it wants to which is anywhere truth reigns.

On behalf of my grandmother, a Port Cities (NY) Douglassonian, who has warrior-ed up for Dr. Douglass and the memory of his fellow radical womanists, suffragists and educators on 17 Madison Street for what now has been forever, I will come to your town and present research that has evaded every last self-proclaimed Douglass scholar from South Avenue to the University of Rochester.

“Maybe Rochester doesn’t care about Mr. Douglass and his importance to its Afro-American history. I don’t know,” is what my grandma says.

My grandfather taught at SUNY-Brockport. My first book is dedicated to him.

There are but exclusive historians, academicians, pedagogists, librarians, genealogists, archivists, tour guides and journalists who evade fury, shame and disgrace for their extreme and inexcusable scholarly inattention, resulting in widespread Frederick Douglass historical illiteracy from Yale to Harvard to Washington College to Thames Street in Baltimore.

I was taught by BAM, the Chief, Robert J., William Alston-El. late night 70 griots, Holland, Gregory, Quarles, Foner, Blassingame and Preston.

Can’t speak for who has or has not taught these scholars and institutions of higher learning which have no scholarship.

It is for Jane Marsh Parker, a posthumous Jefferson ( W ) Street Douglassonian, we politely share with the University of Rochester that this unknown scholarship is meant to be shared, uplifted, elevated and discussed, not suppressed as you are doing.

The militant Douglass scholarship has just begun. Anything less would be uncivilized.

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FREDERICK DOUGLASS.

It will be remembered that a bust of Frederick Douglass was recently placed in Sibley Hall, of the University of Rochester. The ceremonies were quite informal – too informal, we think, as commemorating a deserved tribute from the people of Rochester to one who will always ranks as among her most distinguished citizen. Mr. Douglass himself was not notified officially of the event and therefore could in no public manner take notice of it. He was, however, informed privately of it, and responded most happily, as will be seen by the following letter which we are permitted to publish: –

Washington, D.C., June 25, 1879

SAMUEL D. PORTER, ESQ.

My dear Sir, – I am extremely obliged to you for your kind and timely letter which came this morning, for it was a relief from a real cause of embarrassment.

When I first read of the formal unveiling and the presentation of my bust to the city of Rochester, the speeches made on the occasion by imminent gentlemen, – notably the remarks of Dr. Anderson, the honored President of Rochester University, an institution which has done so much to make the name of the city illustrious, – I felt an almost irrepressible impulse to do or say something out of the common way to some one of my old friends and fellow-citizens, which should express however crudely, something of the grateful sentiment stirred in my breast by this distinguished honor.

But as no one of the respected gentlemen active in the procurement of the testimonial said anything to me about it, and treated me as if I were out of the world, as all men should be when they are once reduced to marble, I began at last to think that silence on my part was perhaps the best way to the properties of the occasion.

Now, however, I am relieved. You have made it easy for me to speak to express my earnest acknowledgements to the committee of the gentlemen having this matter in charge and who have conducted it to completion.

Incidents of this character in my life do much amaze me. It is not, however, the height to which I have risen, but the depth from which I have come, that most amazes me.

It seems only a little while ago, when a child, I might have been fighting with old “Nep,” my mother’s dog, for a small share of the few crumbs that fell from the kitchen table; when I slept on the hearth, covering my feet from the cold with warm ashes and my head with a corn bag; only a little while ago, dragged to prison to be sold to the highest bidder, exposed for sale like a beast of burden; later on, put out to live with Covey, the negro breaker; beaten and almost broken in spirit, having little hope either for myself or my race; yet here I am alive and active, and with my race, enjoying citizenship in the freest and prospectively the most powerful nation on the globe.

In addition to this, you and your friends, while I am yet alive have thought it worth while to preserve my features in marble and to place them in your most honored institution of learning, to be viewed by present and future generations of men.

I know not, my friend, how to thank you, for this distinguished honor.

My attachment to Rochester, my home for more than a quarter of a century, will endure with my life.

Very gratefully and truly yours,

FREDERICK DOUGLASS.

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Research in safe care of Grandma, a versatile Douglassonian with active membership in:

Monroe County (NY) Douglassonians
Port Cities Douglassonians
SBA House Douglassonians
Rummage Sale Douglassonians
Elderhostel Douglassonians

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Eric Zhang: The Unofficial-Official Douglass Bicentennial Photographer

Eric Z Hang at Highland Beach

Eric Zhang has taken thousands of photos of the Douglass Bicentennial. We thank him.

Over the past year or more there has been a ubiquitous and steadfast presence at nearly every Douglass-related and Civil War-related event I’ve attended. You have probably seen him and noticed him snapping away hundreds, if not thousands, of photographs.

Who is he?

Eric Zhang is local history enthusiast and the Unofficial-Official Photographer of all Douglass Bicentennial-related events in and around the Washington metropolitan area.

This weekend there was a small event at the Highland Beach community on the Chesapeake Bay and you know who was there taking photographs; none other than Eric.

We wanted to thank Eric for his continued commitment, interest and documentation of the Douglass Bicentennial.

 

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Community Picture Day in Old Anacostia (Interview at 16th & W Street SE in Old Anacostia w/ Tarence Bailey, Sr. from The Hill in Talbot County, Maryland)

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Community Memorial Service for William Alston-El, Co-Founder of Old Anacostia Douglassonians (Sat., April 7, 2018; 9 AM to 11 AM – America’s Islamic Heritage Museum, 2315 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE)

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Washington Post, ‘Metro’ section, April 4, 2018.

William Alston-El was born in the mud and passed on the mountain top as an original Garveyite and Co-Founder of Old Anacostia Douglassonians.

A legendary presence on the streets of Southeast Washington, an internationally known diplomat of corner men and a proud Moorish American, our dear friend will be remembered by family, friends and those whose humanity he uplifted on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9 AM to 11 AM at America’s Islamic Heritage Museum, 2315 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE.

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