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Our Bondage and Our Freedom: The Frederick Douglass Family’s “Struggle for Liberty”

Our Bondage and Our Freedom: The Frederick Douglass Family’s “Struggle for Liberty”

While there have been many public Frederick Douglasses – Douglass the abolitionist, Douglass the statesman, Douglass the autobiographer, Douglass the orator, Douglass the editor, Douglass the politician – as we commemorate his bicentennial  in 2018, it is time to trace the private life of Douglass as a family man. Sharing untold stories, this talk traces the activism, artistry and authorship of Frederick Douglass not in isolation but alongside the sufferings and struggles for survival of his daughters and sons: Rosetta, Lewis Henry, Frederick Jr., Charles Remond and Annie Douglass. As activists, educators, campaigners, civil rights protesters, newspaper editors, orators, essayists, and historians in their own right, Rosetta, Lewis Henry, Frederick Jr., Charles Remond and Annie Douglass played a vital role in the freedom struggles of their father.  They were no less afraid to sacrifice everything they had as they each fought for Black civic, cultural, political, and social liberties by every means necessary. Working with unpublished writings, letters and speeches and photographs, we learn that the fight for freedom was a family business to which all the Douglasses dedicated their lives as their rallying cry lives on to inspire today’s activism: “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!”

Celeste-Marie Bernier is Professor of Black Studies and Personal Chair in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. She is the author of African American Visual ArtsCharacters of Blood: Black Heroism in the Transatlantic ImaginationSuffering and Sunset; World War I in the Art and Life of Horace PippinStick to the Skin: African American and Black British Art (1965-2015).

Date:
Monday, September 10, 2018
Time:
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location:
Central - Rundel Second Floor Conference Room
Campus:
Central Library
Audience:
  Adults     Teens  
Categories:
  Department - Local History & Genealogy  

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