Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association

Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association The Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association was Chartered by an Act of Congress on June 6, 1900, and is dedicated to preserving his legacy.
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FDMHA is the oldest Douglass organization in the world dedicated to preserving the Life and Legacy of Frederick Douglass. It was chartered by the United States Congress in 1900.

FDMHA is the oldest Douglass organization in the world dedicated to preserving the Life and Legacy of Frederick Douglass. It was chartered by the United States Congress in 1900.

Mission: Preserving the Life and Legacy of Frederick Douglass, African American Abolitionist

The board of the Frederick Douglass Memorial & Historical Association hosts a scholarship audition for deserving student...
10/19/2018
2018 Violins for Douglass: Scholarship Application

The board of the Frederick Douglass Memorial & Historical Association hosts a scholarship audition for deserving students every year. The deadline is approaching quickly.

The scholarships are awarded for students to attend a formal program of music study. The tryouts are this Sunday, the 21 st at 2 pm at the Ottley School of Music in Hyattsville.

The award ceremony is on Sunday, November 4th and will feature a masterclass and group performance for the students as well. All applicants must attend the November 4 th masterclass.

I encourage you to share this information widely. The audition is this Sunday, October 21st and the application is due in 2-weeks, on October 28th.

Here's the application link:
https://goo.gl/forms/hoJwTuEiGYmEfeKM2

1. Scholarship Application Materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. on October 28, 2018. 2. Eligibility Criteria: Any student who is 18 years old or younger who family represents a financial need may apply. Two $1,000 Scholarships will be awarded for string lessons with instructor of recipients' cho...

Today is a great day for Protest!
07/04/2018

Today is a great day for Protest!

05/18/2018

Washington D.C.’s Irish contemporary arts company has given Frederick Douglass the Hamilton treatment, and as crazy as that combination sounds, it should be good. A hip-hop musical about the abolitionist hero is onstage under a Yards Marina tent courtesy of Solas Nua, which commissioned a double bill of new works from local theatermaker Psalmayene 24 and Irish playwright Deirdre Kinahan. Settled right on the Anacostia River, The Frederick Douglass Project performances will overlook Douglass’ historic Cedar Hill home. The performances were designed to segue one into the other, with Psalmayene writing about Douglass’s 1845 journey to Ireland, and Kinahan taking over the narrative once the activist and writer lands on the Emerald Isle and gets treated like, well, the 19th century equivalent of a hip-hop star. Read more>>> The show runs to May 24 at The Yards Marina, 1492 4th St. SE. $35. (765) 276-8201. solasnua.org. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)

If you are in the DMV, please consider a trip to the new waterfront in Southeast, near the Navy Yard.  The Frederick Dou...
05/17/2018
The Frederick Douglass Project

If you are in the DMV, please consider a trip to the new waterfront in Southeast, near the Navy Yard. The Frederick Douglass Project is a wonderful 70 minute play. Set on a pier in the marina at 4th and Water Streets, SE, the backdrop of the Anacostia River is simply breathtaking. The project weaves themes from Douglass' voyage to Ireland in 1845 with a critique on twerking.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-frederick-douglass-project-tickets-45143319885

For the first time in DC history, Solas Nua will bring a theatre production to The Yards Marina. Situated on the Anacostia River, this site-specific play is just a stone's throw away from Douglass' historic home at Cedar Hill. Staged on a pier at the Marina, this world premiere musical was commissio...

04/26/2018
Life Stories

Life Stories

Broken, beaten and brutalized, Frederick Douglass is undying proof that knowledge is in fact power. This is the remarkable true story of how a former slave used the power of words to free himself and thousands of others.

04/28/2017
New Frederick Douglass Novel

Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association President, Moonyene S. Jackson interviewing our namesake's great great great grandson!

They spoke about the one million books that will be distributed, sharing about the biography of Douglass' life and legacy. According to the Library of Congress, the Douglass biography is one of the 88 books that shaped America.

By Nicole Lauren WBOC News Salisbury

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
04/07/2017
Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives

This is a great news piece about the U.S. Mint coin unveiling honoring Frederick Douglass. We're so proud of our young cousins. The next generation of Douglass freedom fighters stepping up!

A contemporary to Frederick Douglass, and fierce activist cut from the same fabric. Washington's "Speech to the Atlanta ...
02/28/2017
Say It Plain - American RadioWorks

A contemporary to Frederick Douglass, and fierce activist cut from the same fabric.
Washington's "Speech to the Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition" Atlanta, Georgia - September 18, 1895

American RadioWorks is the national documentary unit of American Public Media. ARW is public radio's largest documentary production unit; it creates documentaries, series projects, and investigative reports for the public radio system and the Internet. ARW is based at St. Paul, Minnesota, with staff...

NPR
02/11/2017
NPR

NPR

Douglass' memoirs bring alive the immoral mechanics of slavery and its weapons of control. Chief among them: food.

Recently discovered speech by Dr. King; certainly worthy of Mr. Douglass' appreciation and acknowledgement.
01/17/2017
Newly Discovered 1964 MLK Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation & Apartheid South Africa

Recently discovered speech by Dr. King; certainly worthy of Mr. Douglass' appreciation and acknowledgement.

In a Democracy Now! and Pacifica Radio Archives exclusive, we air a newly discovered recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On December 7, 1964, days before he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, King gave a major address in London on segregation, the fight for civil rights and his support for…

01/16/2017
Letter from a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.]

Frederick Douglass would have been proud to commend Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his dedicated service to the Black American community. In honor of his birthday, we share his speech from a Birmingham Jail.

16 April 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities "unwise and untimely." Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, m...

10/26/2016

Students perform a song they learned in the Eboni Strings workshop during the Violins For Douglass 2016 event.

Music Scholarships Are Available for Violin Students! Join us for the Third Annual Violins for Douglass Concert Performa...
10/12/2016

Music Scholarships Are Available for Violin Students! Join us for the Third Annual Violins for Douglass Concert Performance and Scholarship Event on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at UDC! Two $1000 Scholarships to be awarded!

Zinn Education Project
10/01/2016

Zinn Education Project

#tdih Oct. 1, 1851: In the Jerry Rescue, abolitionists in Syracuse, NY for a convention broke into the city’s police station and freed William Henry (known as Jerry), a carpenter and cooper who had escaped from slavery. He had been captured earlier that day under the federal Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. A group of Black and white men created a chaotic diversion and managed to free William Henry but he was later re-arrested. At his second hearing, a group of men forcibly overpowered the guards with clubs and axes, and freed Henry a second time; he was then secretly taken over the border to Canada. Learn more from NY History Net: http://bit.ly/9Fc0Vf Here is a lesson from Rethinking Schools, available for free download from the Zinn Education Project, on the people's history of the abolition movement: http://bit.ly/sPhzE8

Black History Mini Docs
09/30/2016

Black History Mini Docs

On September 30, 1919 in the town of Elaine in Phillips County, Arkansas, in the Arkansas Delta. the Elaine Massacre took place. It was by far the deadliest racial confrontation in Arkansas history and possibly the bloodiest racial conflict in the history of the United States.

At the time many African-American sharecroppers had not received their share of wages and they wanted to join the Progressive Farmers and Household Union of America. Also, the early years of the twentieth century were the time of “Red Summers,” violent years after reconstruction.

The white citizens of the town thought the society was trying to persuade the sharecroppers to create violence. That month union members met near Elaine under armed guards. Two armed white men, one a deputy sheriff, the other a railroad worker showed up and a fight developed. Both men were shot and a railroad worker was killed. For two days, several African-Americans and white citizens of the area were killed in fighting. The fighting ended when Arkansas Gov. Charles Brough brought in United States soldiers to contain the violence. At the end of the violence, 65 African-Americans were brought to trial.

Twelve were sentenced to death and the others appealed to higher courts. Scipio Jones, an African-American lawyer from Little Rock, helped to fight for justice for the accused at Elaine. He received assistance from the (then) newly formed National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). As a result, the rest of the condemned men were set free and the governor brought African-American and white citizens together for discussion on problems between the races. No clear-cut answer for the violence was ever found.

Presently attempts to come to terms with what truly occurred have led to efforts to pay reparations to the victims. No one at this point is leading an effort for reparations in Elaine. Robert Miller, who last year became the first Black mayor of nearby Helena, grew up hearing the stories because he is related to one of the four black men who were killed in custody. Because of the riots, his grandmother sent his father to Boston to attend school. Currently, race relations in the county are particularly strained.

The West Helena mayor's office and City Council are divided along racial lines, and so is the county Quorum Court. Last week, an Oklahoma state commission recommended reparations for Black survivors of a 1921 rampage by white mobs in Tulsa. Historians say as many as 300 blacks were killed. In 1994, Florida approved $2 million in compensation for nine survivors and dozens of descendants of a 1923 attack on Blacks in Rosewood, Fla.

Some parts from: aaregistry.org

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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site - Cedar Hill Home, 1411 W Street, SE
Washington D.C., DC
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Many thanks to FDMHA for allowing my daughter the incredible opportunity to participate with "Violins for Douglass" yesterday. Everything about the event was top notch from the teachers who led the workshops, to the generosity and support provided by Kevin, to the excitement and historical significance of the event. Hopefully she will be able to participate again in the future.