“Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand.”

“Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.”

– Frederick Douglass
Agitation is one of the many foundations that we have built our social justice efforts upon here at Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI). We are leading the charge for racial equity, human trafficking prevention, and social justice education.

Racial Equity

In 2019, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives moved its headquarters to Rochester, NY. Our goal is to help tackle the city’s stark economic, health, and educational disparities caused, in large part, by racist policies and a long-prevailing current of racial discrimination. By leveraging the Douglass legacy, his ideas about the power of knowledge, and the insistence that we must agitate, agitate, agitate, FDFI hopes that the City of Rochester can become a model of a truly equitable community.

On November 18, 2019, Ibram X. Kendi set the tone for change by presenting his new book, How To Be An Antiracist, at the Hochstein Performance Hall to a capacity crowd. This conversation with young people, leaders, and community members is just the beginning of FDFI’s initiative in Rochester.

Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be An Antiracist presentation, Rochester NY

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Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be An Antiracist presentation, Rochester NY

Racial Equity

In 2019, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives moved its headquarters to Rochester, NY. Our goal is to help tackle the city’s stark economic, health, and educational disparities caused, in large part, by racist policies and a long-prevailing current of racial discrimination. By leveraging the Douglass legacy, his ideas about the power of knowledge, and the insistence that we must agitate, agitate, agitate, FDFI hopes that the City of Rochester can become a model of a truly equitable community.

On November 18, 2019, Ibram X. Kendi set the tone for change by presenting his new book, How To Be An Antiracist, at the Hochstein Performance Hall to a capacity crowd. This conversation with young people, leaders, and community members is just the beginning of FDFI’s initiative in Rochester.

Click here to become involved with Racial Equity in Rochester.

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One Million Abolitionists

The Library of Congress named Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, one of the eighty-eight Books That Shaped America. Published in 1845, Douglass’s first autobiography became an instant bestseller and, having escaped slavery just seven years earlier, put his life in immediate danger. The Narrative helped change the course of the U.S. Abolitionist Movement in the mid-nineteenth century and has changed the lives of readers ever since.

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives wants to inspire and empower one million young people to do and be more than they ever dreamed possible. In honor of Douglass’s 200th birthday, we published the Bicentennial Edition of the Narrative. FDFI wants to print and distribute one million hardcover copies of this special edition to students across the country.

One Million Abolitionists initiative, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, Rochester NY

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One Million Abolitionists initiative, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, Rochester NY

One Million Abolitionists

The Library of Congress named Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, one of the eighty-eight Books That Shaped America. Published in 1845, Douglass’s first autobiography became an instant bestseller and, having escaped slavery just seven years earlier, put his life in immediate danger. The Narrative helped change the course of the U.S. Abolitionist Movement in the mid-nineteenth century and has changed the lives of readers ever since.

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives wants to inspire and empower one million young people to do and be more than they ever dreamed possible. In honor of Douglass’s 200th birthday, we published the Bicentennial Edition of the Narrative. FDFI wants to print and distribute one million hardcover copies of this special edition to students across the country.

Find out how to bring copies of the Narrative to young people in your community by clicking here.

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PROTECT

FDFI has partnered with two California non-profit organizations, 3Strands Global Foundation and Love Never Fails, to develop PROTECT, the largest and most comprehensive human trafficking prevention education program of its kind. The objective is to reduce the vulnerability of children to exploitation through the application of knowledge.

There are four components to PROTECT’s prevention and early intervention program:

  1. Protocol – Ensure that school districts and communities know how to respond to potential incidents of abuse and exploitation;
  2. Professional Development – Training teachers and administrators on the subject of human trafficking and its historical connections;
  3. Classroom Curriculum – Trauma-informed, age-appropriate education is delivered by teachers in Elementary, Middle School, and High School curriculum.
  4. Data Analysis – Arizona State University partners with us to process and analyze surveys resulting from the previous steps.

PROTECT was developed in cooperation with the Office of the Attorney General of California and the California Department of Education. The program is in more than 30 California counties as well as parts of Utah, Nevada, and Texas.

PROTECT human trafficking education, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, Rochester NY
PROTECT human trafficking education, Rochester NY

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PROTECT human trafficking education, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, Rochester NY

PROTECT

FDFI has partnered with two California non-profit organizations, 3 Stands Global and Love Never Fails, to develop PROTECT, the largest and most comprehensive human trafficking prevention education program of its kind. The objective is to reduce the vulnerability of children to exploitation through the application of knowledge.

There are four components to PROTECT’s prevention and early intervention program:

  1. Protocol – Ensure that school districts and communities know how to respond to potential incidents of abuse and exploitation;
  2. Professional Development – Training teachers and administrators on the subject of human trafficking and its historical connections;
  3. Classroom Curriculum – Trauma-informed, age-appropriate curriculum is delivered by teachers in grades 5, 7, 9 and 11 to build stronger children
  4. Data Analysis – Arizona State University partners with us to process and analyze surveys resulting from the previous steps.

PROTECT was developed in cooperation with the Office of the Attorney General of California and the California Department of Education. The program is in more than 30 California counties as well as parts of Utah, Nevada, and Texas.

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PROTECT human trafficking prevention, Rochester NY

The FD200

On February 14, 2018, Frederick Douglass would have turned 200 years old, and all year long, the world celebrated his Bicentennial. FDFI partnered with American University’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center, led by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, to honor 200 people who embody the spirit and the work of Douglass’s enduring legacy.

Honorees fell into one of seven categories that reflected his immense character: abolitionist, writer, politician, feminist, educator, entrepreneur, and diplomat. The Bicentennial year culminated with a spectacular gala for the FD200 honorees at the Library of Congress on February 14, 2019.

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FD200 gala and awards, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, Rochester NY
Library of Congress FD200, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, Rochester NY
FD200 awards, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, Rochester NY

The FD200

On February 14, 2018, Frederick Douglass would have turned 200 years old, and all year long, the world celebrated his Bicentennial. FDFI partnered with American University’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center, led by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, to honor 200 people who embody the spirit and the work of Douglass’s enduring legacy.

Honorees fell into one of seven categories that reflected his immense character: abolitionist, writer, politician, feminist, educator, entrepreneur, and diplomat. The Bicentennial year culminated with a spectacular gala for the FD200 honorees at the Library of Congress on February 14, 2019.

Click here to see the names and short biographies of all 200 honorees.

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Rochester, NY 14604

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

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