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David Blight: “We didn’t even get to talk about the older Douglass and all the rest of the women.” Washington College continues to disgrace intellectual and scholastic legacy of Dr. Douglass by dumbing down history, unable to uplift history of Douglass on the Eastern Shore without repeating Dickson Preston.

“Author to discuss Douglass trip to Denton” [Star Democrat, 6 Feb 2019]

“Douglass visited Cambridge, researchers say” [Star Democrat, 25 Sept 2018]

“Douglass’ college ties extended far and wide” [Star Democrat, 1 Feb 2018]

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“Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” David Blight talk at Washington College: RESCHEDULED to February 7, 2019 or NOVEMBER 7, 2019 … we aren’t sure?

David Blight returns to the one of the scenes of his lies, distortions and perversions.

According to Washington College’s website, the disgraceful historian will speak either February 7, 2019 and/or November 7, 2019.

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“Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” David Blight talk RESCHEDULED to February 7, 2019

DATE: 5:30PM EST NOVEMBER 12, 2018

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO NOVEMBER 7, 2019. Master historian David Blight shares his major new biography — the first in more than a quarter century — of a brilliant author, activist, orator, and statesman. Douglass, born enslaved on the Eastern Shore, escaped bondage to become one of the greatest Americans of his era. Blight is Professor of American History at Yale University, as well as Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. His books and online courses have won him widespread acclaim and earned the Bancroft Prize and the Lincoln Prize, among other honors. *Book signing to follow.

*At these events, autographed copies of the book will be available at half the regular cover price for Washington College students.

The Starr Center explores the American experience in all its diversity and complexity, seeks creative approaches to illuminating the past, and inspires thoughtful conversation informed by history.


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Speculative historian David Blight must immediately discontinue his dangerous disinformation and disrespect of Dr. Frederick Douglass. (Part 4)

IMG_5849Running the back creeks of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and drifting through indigenous communities across counties older than the formation of a country founded on the legal codification of African slaves as three-fifths of a human being, an apparition of a defiant enslaved abolitionist prince, Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, and the benevolent and contemplative spirit of America’s Pharaoh returning to his birthplace touches historic churches, ancient family cemeteries with timeworn headstones, weathered docks, collapsed barns and cabins, cross-town highways and the current lives of record-breaking athletes pictured in the daily sports pages of the Star Democrat.

Memories of the benevolent visitant, the native son raised and muscled up on Eastern Shore pork, world traveler and confidant of Presidents, brother and cousin Freddy are hallowed and will be forever beyond reach of preachers and biographers.

At the conferment ceremonies of an honorary degree to Frederick Douglass this past weekend at Washington College speculative Yale historian David Blight crossed the boundary of fact and his own manipulative out-of-bounds White Man Lies.

Disgraceful speculation has no place in Douglassonian scholarship.

Prof. Blight’s irreversible disrespect of Douglass on his native soil, Maryland’s ancient Eastern Shore, haunted for centuries by spirits of runaway fugitive slaves, is reprehensible.

As a co-founder of the W Street Douglassonians I trumpet to all who can read and hear that Prof. Blight must immediately discontinue his dangerous disinformation and disrespect of Dr. Frederick Douglass.


No evidence for disrespectful and dangerous speculations 

At a service to reconcile the irreconcilable truth founders of Washington College were members of the Lloyd family, architects of a plantation society that birthed an enslaved Douglass, Prof. Blight offered half-truths and dangerous speculations.

Before dignified members of the Douglass and Bailey families, without providing a molecule of supporting fact, Prof. Blight felt compelled to insinuate and/or allege:


Recognize the tragedies and survival strength of the Frederick Douglass / Bailey Tribe

Death knocked many a time on the door of Dr. Douglass who outlived his pre-teen daughter, first wife of 44 years, namesake, and many grandchildren.

In one week Grandpa Douglass lost grandchildren on successive nights.

I speak for W Street Douglassonians and formative friendships I’ve had with grandchildren of runaway fugitive slave-scholars since my prepubescent years in declaring nothing less than an immediate discontinuation of Prof. Blight’s public and private statements suggesting Douglass and hundreds of Douglass / Bailey tribe members are anything less than descendants of a warrior tribe which produced America’s Pharaoh will suffice.

The falsehoods and slanders of Prof. David Blight has moved beyond the pale of what can be accepted. The continued suggestion of these unfounded accusations should be immediately addressed by the small community of existing Douglassonian Scholars.


Lies supported by philanthropic, academic, government and public history associations and institutions.

Lies should have never been allowed to be uttered in the first place. I previously forewarned Prof. Adam Goodheart, President Kurt M. Landgraf and others at Washington College about the consequence of depending on the unreliable speculations and nonexistent scholarship of Prof. Blight.

I politely addressed the lies of Washington College and Blight a couple weeks past in the pages of the Star Democrat.

I may now be impolite.

Everyone responsible for Prof. Blight’s backwards and irresponsible remarks at Washington College should be ashamed and humiliated.

By awarding an honorary degree to Frederick Douglass the tenth oldest college in this country, named for our first president, has taken an important step to properly recognize Douglass on the Eastern Shore. However, there is much work to begin, build, preserve and maintain a newfound dignity for the tradition of Douglassonian Studies.

There must be a restorative liberation movement of local and worldwide Douglassonians.

Prof. Blight has enjoyed a life of ease aided by the misbegotten label “Douglass expert” carrying him across the world and country without a work product in nearly thirty years to support this fictitious credential maintained by hundreds of philanthropic, academic, government and public history associations and institutions.

It is time for the lies to stop. Been time.





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Allow me to reintroduce myself, Dr. Frederick Douglass receives Honorary Doctorate from Washington College

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Image courtesy of Kenneth B. Morris

“I had the honor of accepting a posthumous Honorary Doctor of Laws degree for Frederick Douglass from Washington College Friday night in Chestertown, MD. My ancestor was born into slavery about 30 miles from the school. His slave master was a benefactor to Washington in its early years. Douglass never spent one day of his life in a classroom because it was illegal for an enslaved person to get an education. He could not have attended this school in his lifetime. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of his birth, he received this long overdue recognition. We are proud to partner with Washington College on our One Million Abolitionists project.

Join me in congratulating, Dr. Douglass.” – Kenneth B. Morris 

“Allow me to reintroduce myself, Dr. Frederick Douglass …” – Tarence Bailey

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“Douglass’ college ties extended far and wide,” Letter to the Editor of the Star Democrat, February 1, 2018 [Paper of Record of Maryland’s Eastern Shore]

Letter to the Editor, Star Democrat, Feb. 1, 2018. Copyright of fact strictly enforced by the power of the 1st Amendment.

I told Washington College it’s not a game out here.

As an adolescent I ran with great-great grandsons of runaway fugitive slave-scholars. As a young Douglassonian I studied the work of GATH and Dickson J. Preston, two classic role models in the advanced Classics of Douglassoniana Studies.

I thank old school journalists and the editors and staff of the Star Democrat for understanding that if we don’t have accuracy in our reporting we have nothing.

It’s about respecting Dr. Douglass.

He is a native son of your soil and your pork. The mental and physical muscles Douglass stretched to escape slavery were first flexed on the Eastern Shore.

You understand.

Washington College and speculative historian David Blight do not.

[WC press release and “belief” not factually corrected as of 12 noon, February 1, 2018.]


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Brother-in-law of Edward Lloyd IV, who built Wye House Plantation, one of largest contributors to founding of Washington College in 1782

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Elizabeth Lloyd, sister to the man who built Wye House Plantation.

John Cadwalader, a general in the Colonial Army, gave one of the largest contributions to start Washington College in 1782.

His first wife was Elizabeth Lloyd. Her brother was Edward Lloyd IV, who built the Wye House plantation. Frederick Douglass came up at Wye House.

Edward Lloyd V is who Frederick Douglass talks about in his 1845 autobiography.

Washington College is planning to exploit the intellectual legacy of Douglass by posthumously conferring an honorary degree on Feb 23, 2018.

In Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass the author writes about Lloyd:

To describe the wealth of Colonel Lloyd would be almost equal to describing the riches of Job. He kept from ten to fifteen house-servants. He was said to own a thousand slaves, and I think this estimate quite within the truth. Colonel Lloyd owned so many that he did not know them when he saw them; nor did all the slaves of the out-farms know him. It is reported of him, that, while riding along the road one day, he met a colored man, and addressed him in the usual manner of speaking to colored people on the public highways of the south: “Well, boy, whom do you belong to?” “To Colonel Lloyd,” replied the slave. “Well, does the colonel treat you well?” “No, sir,” was the ready reply. “What, does he work you too hard?” “Yes, sir.” “Well, don’t he give you enough to eat?” “Yes, sir, he gives me enough, such as it is.”

The colonel, after ascertaining where the slave belonged, rode on; the man also went on about his business, not dreaming that he had been conversing with his master. He thought, said, and heard nothing more of the matter, until two or three weeks afterwards. The poor man was then informed by his overseer that, for having found fault with his master, he was now to be sold to a Georgia trader. He was immediately chained and handcuffed; and thus, without a moment’s warning, he was snatched away, and forever sundered, from his family and friends, by a hand more unrelenting than death. This is the penalty of telling the truth, of telling the simple truth, in answer to a series of plain questions.

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Washington College preparing to exploit the legacy of Frederick Douglass

I offered to advise Washington College and Prof. Adam Goodheart on the history of Frederick Douglass and his relationship with institutions of higher education but they were not interested.

They are many people and institutions exploiting Douglass for their own purposes which is very un-Douglassonian and should be forthrightly addressed with the greatest degree of severity and consequence.

I’m making it my place as a Co-Founder of the 16th & W Street Douglassonians to call out the lies and the liars, no matter who, what, where, when, why and how.

According to the announcement below, “Yet Douglass himself never had a college education, and Washington College is believed to be the first institution to award him an honorary degree since Howard University did so in 1872.”

This is patently FALSE. I tried to tell them but they are not Douglassonian scholars, whether credentialed or self-taught like Frederick Douglass, Esquire was.

There are folks and institutions which exert impious power of history, especially Douglass history, which has been “elusive” for more than a century because of many reasons.

If 2018 is the year of Douglass, then it is time to agitate, agitate, agitate.

And if you aren’t speaking with facts you’re speaking with nothing as it concerns the W Street Douglassonians.

Frederick Douglass to Receive Honorary Degree

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January 22, 2018

Washington College celebrates the legacy of the Maryland-born human rights activist and the bicentennial of his birth, Feb. 23, 2018.

On the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’s birth, Washington College is posthumously awarding him the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. Douglass’s great-great-great grandson, Kenneth Morris, co-founder and president of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, and David Blight, a professor of history at Yale University and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, will both offer remarks and receive the College’s Award for Excellence.

The free, public event, part of the annual George Washington’s Birthday Convocation, is slated for Friday, Feb. 23, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts. The ceremony will also be livestreamed:

“Two hundred years after his birth, it is truly an honor for Washington College to recognize the tenacity and the moral courage Frederick Douglass exhibited by speaking out in support of equal rights for all men and women,” says College President Kurt Landgraf.

Born into slavery in February 1818, not far from the College’s campus on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Douglass came to understand at a very young age that education would be his path to freedom: “Knowledge unfits a child to be a slave,” he wrote. In 1838, he escaped slavery and spent the rest of his life speaking out on human rights issues, including abolitionism and women’s rights, in addition to serving as a federal official and diplomat. His first autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845), is taught in universities around the world. Yet Douglass himself never had a college education, and Washington College is believed to be the first institution to award him an honorary degree since Howard University did so in 1872.

When Douglass was born, Washington College — the first college in Maryland and one of the oldest in the United States — had already existed for almost forty years. Among its founding donors, alongside George Washington, were members of the Lloyd family, on whose Eastern Shore plantation Douglass was enslaved during his childhood. The College remained a racially segregated institution until the late 1950s.

“Even without a formal education, Frederick Douglass steeped himself in newspapers, political writings, and treatises to become one of the most famous intellectuals of his time,” Landgraf says. “Washington College should have been thrilled to enroll such a promising scholar. We can’t change that history, but we can and should learn from it.”

For a complete listing of events commemorating Frederick Douglass’s bicentennial, visit

As part of the Douglass centennial activities on Feb. 23, members of the College’s Black Student Union will deliver copies of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas: An American Slave to eighth-graders at Chestertown Middle School. Joining them will be Ken Morris, a direct descendant of Frederick Douglass who will later accept the honorary degree on Douglass’s behalf. To honor Douglass’s 200th birthday, Morris’s family foundation is distributing one million hardcover copies of the book to middle-schoolers across the country.

The Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives is a modern abolitionist organization dedicated to teaching today’s generation about one of the most influential figures in American history and raising awareness about the ongoing crisis of human trafficking.

“Our message to young people today is that they have an obligation to get an education because of the contributions and the sacrifices our ancestors made,” says Morris. “Frederick Douglass never stepped foot in a classroom. He was completely self-taught. Imagine how he would have felt to have the same opportunities young African Americans have today. We also want inspire them through Frederick Douglass’s words and let them know that they can make a difference.”


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