Douglass Mind Blog

“Right is of no Sex – Truth is of no Color – God is the Father of us all, and we are all brethren.”

– Frederick Douglass
(Masthead of The North Star)

Published in Rochester, NY, by Frederick Douglass, The North Star was the most influential antislavery paper published in the 19th century. Circulated throughout the United States, Europe, and the West Indies, it denounced slavery and fought for the rights of women and other oppressed groups as well.

Today, our efforts and the efforts of many other modern abolitionists and antiracists are sprawled throughout the internet. The Douglass Mind Blog is meant to give voice to you for expanding ideas on antiracism and abolitionism. On this page, we will also keep you up-to-date with our initiatives, press releases, and general news about racism and human trafficking.

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Press Release: Local Organization Invites Youth to Create Portraits of Anna Murray Douglass

(October 8, 2020, Rochester, NY) Authors of the book, Picturing Frederick Douglass (Stauffer, John et. al.; Liveright 2015) called Douglass the “Most Photographed Man of the Nineteenth Century.” Yet, there are only two known images of Anna Murray Douglass, Frederick’s wife of 44 years, mother of their five children, steward of his legacy and household, and co-conductor of their Rochester stop on the Underground Railroad.  “My husband is battling with the minions of oppression,” Anna commented on her work, “why not I endure hardship that my race may be free?” 

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Press Release: The Legacy of Lynching is Alive in America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Robert J. Benz at (585) 310-4559 rbenz@fdfi.org   “The Legacy of Lynching is Alive in America” Ida B. Wells and Frederick Douglass Descendants Respond to Death of Daniel Prude (September 4, 2020, Rochester, NY) Michelle Duster and...

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Irish Times – Irish visits by Lewis and Douglass

Irish Times – Irish visits by Lewis and Douglass

From left to right: Nettie Washington Douglass, Rep. John Lewis, Kristin Leary, and Christine Kinealy pose with a maquette of Frederick Douglass in Ireland  Irish Times Fri, Jul 31, 2020, 00:37 Sir, – In August 1845, Frederick Douglass arrived in Europe just months...

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Srebrenica and Black Lives Matter, by David Livingstone Smith

Srebrenica and Black Lives Matter, by David Livingstone Smith

A woman prays at a graveyard, ahead of a mass funeral in Potocari near Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina July 11, 2020. Bosnia marks the 25th anniversary of the massacre of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys, with many relatives unable to attend due to the...

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The Voice of The Future

The Next Step by Anvi B., Age 14, Southern California

The Next Step by Anvi B., Age 14, Southern California

An acronym that has recently gained prominence on social media is “ACAB.” Although it stands for “All cops are bastards” the words are unfortunately misleading, as it refers not to individual police officers but to a system that needs more internal controls and...

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Unjustly Oppressed by Porsche S., Age 17, Winston-Salem, NC

Unjustly Oppressed by Porsche S., Age 17, Winston-Salem, NC

Prejudgments color perceptions. During the novel coronavirus pandemic, I immersed myself in the Sunday School teaching of “Injustice Will Be Punished.” My curious thoughts intensified during the lesson; it was then time for me to present. “Frederick Douglass was a...

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The Plea for Justice by Zoha A.

The Plea for Justice by Zoha A.

(Pictured: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Styrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring racetrack in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, July 12, 2020. (Joe Klamar/Pool via AP))   Hello, My name is Zoha A. I am...

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WINNING BLOG: Educate, Participate and Be Heard! by Tasneem G.

WINNING BLOG: Educate, Participate and Be Heard! by Tasneem G.

(Pictured: Tasneem G., Age 14, Lexington, MA) On June 4th, 2020, hundreds of Lexington, MA residents, including myself, gathered in the town center to protest systematic racism. However, I was unaware that just the previous day, the Lexington town hall had just passed...

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WINNING BLOG: A Plan For Change by Gladys G.

WINNING BLOG: A Plan For Change by Gladys G.

(Pictured: Gladys G., Age 18, Oklahoma City, OK) I have found myself in a weird position. I am too tired to fight, but I am also enraged by the things going on around me. Lately, my emotions have led me throughout these times of distress, but what happens after this?...

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On July 4th, 2020, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives hosted a live webcast to discuss ideas to remedy “the disease of racism” in our country. Please click the play button to learn more about Douglass’s famous speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” and hear from Douglass descendants, young orators, award-winning bloggers, a gospel singer, and young activists. We also hosted the world premiere of a song from the new Douglass musical, American Prophet. Check out the event. We know you will be inspired!

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Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives in the News

Press Release: Local Organization Invites Youth to Create Portraits of Anna Murray Douglass

(October 8, 2020, Rochester, NY) Authors of the book, Picturing Frederick Douglass (Stauffer, John et. al.; Liveright 2015) called Douglass the “Most Photographed Man of the Nineteenth Century.” Yet, there are only two known images of Anna Murray Douglass, Frederick’s wife of 44 years, mother of their five children, steward of his legacy and household, and co-conductor of their Rochester stop on the Underground Railroad.  “My husband is battling with the minions of oppression,” Anna commented on her work, “why not I endure hardship that my race may be free?” 

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Press Release: The Legacy of Lynching is Alive in America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Robert J. Benz at (585) 310-4559 rbenz@fdfi.org   “The Legacy of Lynching is Alive in America” Ida B. Wells and Frederick Douglass Descendants Respond to Death of Daniel Prude (September 4, 2020, Rochester, NY) Michelle Duster and...

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Press Release: Frederick Douglass Family Hosts July Fourth Webcast

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) will host a live webcast to announce the winners of their Remedies Blog Contest. The webcast will showcase Rochester, NY-based orators; young activist, Yolanda King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King, Jr.; gospel singer, Keedron Bryant; Marva Hicks singing a song from the new Douglass musical, American Prophet and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, David Blight.

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FDFI Statement: Sharing Common Ground

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) joins with the Greater Rochester NY Black Agenda Group which, on Tuesday (April 28, 2020), in honor of Dr. David Anderson (Sankofa) on his 90th birthday, declared racism a public health crisis.

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