“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 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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Power of One
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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.
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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.
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 – and commentary by Dr. Hank Rubin, our founding director of the Frederick Douglass Center for Collaborative Leadership.
Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
140 E. Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604
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