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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. 

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FDFI brings the guidance of history to the fight against modern forms of slavery.
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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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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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FDFI has created the Frederick Douglass Center for Collaborative Leadership (FDCCL) as a means for spurring unity, communication, and accord as a basis for its work.

FDCCL will strengthen and support FDFI’s relationships with leaders and its commitment to effective leadership in the fight to abolish exploitation and oppression.

FDCCL is led by its Founding Director, Dr. Hank Rubin., Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, Rochester NY

Aug 27, 2020, 7:30 PM EDT

Direct from Rochester, NY, Women’s Rights, and the 19th Amendment! Michelle Duster and Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. are featured in the August edition of National Geographic Magazine. 

Click here to register., Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, Rochester NY

July 30, 2020, 7:30 pm EDT

Please join us Thursday, July 30th at 7:30 pm EDT for a conversation featuring  Professor and Author David Livingston Smith and a Rochester-based youth panel.

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

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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