#HumCitizen: Frederick Douglass, A Bicentennial Appreciation

Presented by:
Mass Humanities
Current Initiative: Democracy and the Informed Citizen National Partner: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Pulitzer Prizes Local Partner: K-12 Institutions, Nonprofits, Other Subject: African American/Black, History, Performing Arts Audience: All, Educators, K-12, Youth/Teen

To celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of the great American statesman, abolitionist, and journalist, Frederick Douglass, this project supports high school History Day prizes and teacher stipends and funds a public forum featuring three distinguished scholars, history day winners, and the performance of a Douglass-themed choral poem commissioned for the event. The forum will be focused on the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” theme and its relevance to the life of Frederick Douglass.

JUNE 2018

Frederick Douglass and Mass History Day – Roxbury, MA – Mass Humanities is collaborating with Mass History Day to encourage students to focus their projects on Frederick Douglass in a special Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Scholarship Competition, themed “Democracy and the Informed Citizen.” Participants will present their projects and have an opportunity to work alongside three Frederick Douglass scholars: David Blight, professor of History and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolitionism at Yale University; Lois Brown, professor of English, African American Studies Program at Wesleyan University; and John Stauffer, professor of English, American Studies, and African American Studies at Harvard University.


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