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“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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Douglass Mind Blog

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

by David Livingstone Smith Twenty-five years ago, this month, the worst atrocity on European soil since the Holocaust took place in the small mountain town of Srebrenica, in Bosnia. More than 8000 Bosnian Muslims, mostly men and boys, were slaughtered by Serbian...

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Kenneth B. Morris Jr.

Kenneth B. Morris Jr.

Mr. Morris descends from two of the most influential names in American history: he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great-grandson of Booker T. Washington. He is the Co-founder & President of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives.

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The Voice of The Future

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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WINNING BLOG: Racism – “A Contagious Virus” by Giovan M.

WINNING BLOG: Racism – “A Contagious Virus” by Giovan M.

(Pictured: Giovan M., Age 18, West Henrietta, NY) When we uphold Frederick Douglass’s view that racism is a “moral disorder” instead of just an abstract phenomenon, it becomes easier for us to understand why current, good-intentioned measures to mitigate racial...

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WINNING BLOG: Towards a Cure by Bakari W.

WINNING BLOG: Towards a Cure by Bakari W.

(Pictured: Bakari W., Age 21, Washington, D.C.) We can conceptualize the disease of American racism in two ways: as a pandemic affecting a population of individuals, or as a sickness infecting the collective body of the country. These two lenses call for two...

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WINNING BLOG: Remedies for Racism Essay by Eamon C.

WINNING BLOG: Remedies for Racism Essay by Eamon C.

(Pictured: Eamon C., Age 13, Rochester, NY) “There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America - there is the United States of America.” - Barack Obama, 2004 I believe racism is a problem that we must work together to solve. Racism...

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Imagine – by Amanda L., Age 18, Shaker Heights, OH

Imagine – by Amanda L., Age 18, Shaker Heights, OH

(Photo from https://iwda.org.au/...) Close your eyes. Imagine a society where children, white, brown, black, Asian, Mexican, LGBTQ, girls, boys, Jewish, Muslim, some with disabilities, some without, play on their school playground together. No bullying, teasing, or...

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The Pandemic – by Sabrina Y., Age 18, Los Angeles, CA

The Pandemic – by Sabrina Y., Age 18, Los Angeles, CA

Photo Courtesy of Nam Y. Huh Rooted prejudice does well to unleash cascades of harm to all those unfortunate enough to be near the splash zone. Racial prejudice is a complex disease to cure. One that’ll take variable time and infinite patience to nurture away. Because...

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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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Kenneth B. Morris Jr.

Kenneth B. Morris Jr.

Mr. Morris descends from two of the most influential names in American history: he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great-grandson of Booker T. Washington. He is the Co-founder & President of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives.

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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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