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“At the core of Frederick Douglass’s activism is the belief that ‘Power concedes nothing without a demand.’

To be heard, our demands should be made in a strong voice. To be successful, they must be made collaboratively, strategically, and safely.”

– Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., May 30, 2020, Rochester, New York

“It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.”

– Frederick Douglass, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” July 5, 1852, Rochester, New York

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) is an Abolitionist and AntiRacist non-profit organization founded by direct descendants of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. Headquartered in Rochester, NY, we’re focused on the struggle for racial equity and an end to human exploitation. 

The time to act is now! Join Our Cause.

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FDFI brings the guidance of history to the fight against modern forms of slavery.
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Human Rights
Education is the foundation on which we build our initiatives. Through education, we learn how immense the problem of inequality really is.
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Power of One
Our efforts are strengthened when we work collectively.
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It’s estimated that there are over 40 million people* enslaved in the world today.

Since 2007, FDFI has been a leader in implementing innovative human trafficking prevention education curricula in K-12 classrooms nationally.

We educate our youth about human trafficking and all forms of modern-day slavery, and we do it within the context of history.

*International Labour Organization

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Racism, racial discrimination, race-based oppression, though not unique to our nation, is a persistent and lethal contagion in America.

While progress has been made in previous decades, there’s no justification for one American to receive even the slightest less consideration under the Constitution than another.

FDFI believes that, through collaboration and agitation, we can leverage the spirit of Frederick Douglass and help ensure equality for all.

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Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) was born from a historical legacy of activism and education with its intimate connections to Douglass and Booker T. Washington. The sharing of knowledge was at the core of the work and philosophies of both men just as it resides at the heart of our work in human trafficking and other human rights challenges. 

We seek to effect change by addressing issues at their very foundations with institutionalized solutions like student curriculum, professional development for educators, and sustained coalition building throughout the community.

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Truth Is of No Color

The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart; and he is relieved by them, only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears.” From Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, 1845.

A year ago, FDFI agreed to partner with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra to help it become “a racially and culturally astute and engaged civic and philharmonic organization that models the values of racial equity …” and more.

This month, the RPO launched a monthly series of free, streamed musical events dedicated to the fight for social justice entitled Truth is of No Color: Concerts for Social Justice

Each concert will highlight a significant Rochester-area social justice organization. This first concert highlights Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and features string performances of works by two extraordinary Black composers – Jessie Montgomery and Carlos Simons.

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Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
140 E. Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604

Legal Counsel
Jon P. Getz, Esq., Partner

Vahey Getz LLP
144 Exchange Blvd, Suite 400
Rochester, New York 14614

585-262-5130 | Fax: 585-262-3474

Frederick Douglass Family Foundation (Initiatives) is a 501(c)3 public charity – EIN #26-0757405

Click here to view FDFI’s IRS Determination Letter