Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives

About

Robert J. Benz & Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. - FDFI Founders

The Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) was co-founded in June 2007 by Nettie Washington Douglass and son Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. The FDFI exists to honor and preserve the legacy of Frederick Douglass and to create awareness about modern-day slavery in an effort to expedite its demise.

The founders represent a remarkable living history. Ms. Douglass and Mr. Morris are direct descendants of Frederick Douglass, the man called “the father of the civil rights movement” and Booker T. Washington, the famed educator and founder of Tuskegee Institute.

Through the union of Ms. Douglass’ mother, Nettie Hancock Washington (granddaughter of Booker T. Washington) and her father, Dr. Frederick Douglass III (great grandson of Frederick Douglass), the founders have united the bloodlines of two of the most important names in American history.

Upcoming WebinarsPast Webinars
100 Days to Freedom Webinar #3
When:
Tuesday, October, 16 2012
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Pacific Time)
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Topic: Join the discussion online as we update you on the status of our new project for secondary schools, 100 Days to Freedom.
Description: Alice Keesey Mecoy, Great-Great-Great Granddaughter of Abolitionist John Brown, will join us to talk about her famous ancestor and the work she is doing to continue his legacy. We'll also update you on the status of the New Proclamation of Freedom document and its launch and press conference at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site on October 20, 2012. This is the third in a series of special webinars that will follow 100 Days through Emancipation Day on January 1, 2013. We recommend the webinar for students, teachers, administrators, parents and everyone interested in history and/or human trafficking. You won't want to miss the discussion! Space is limited so be sure to register now to grab your seat!
100 Days to Freedom Webinar #2
When:
Friday, October, 5 2012
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Pacific Time)
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Topic: Join the discussion online as we update you on the status of our new project for secondary schools, 100 Days to Freedom.
Description: We'll be talking about the Emancipation Proclamation, Human Trafficking, the New Proclamation of Freedom and its launch and press conference at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site on October 20, 2012. This is the second in a series of special webinars that will follow 100 Days through Emancipation Day on January 1, 2013. We recommend the webinar for students, teachers, administrators, parents and everyone interested in history and/or human trafficking.
100 Days to Freedom
When:
Thursday, September, 27 2012
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Pacific Time)
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Topic: Join the discussion online as we introduce our new project for secondary schools, 100 Days to Freedom.
Description: We'll be talking about the Emancipation Proclamation, Human Trafficking and the New Proclamation of Freedom. This is the first in a series of special webinars that will follow 100 Days through Emancipation Day on January 1, 2013. We recommend the webinar for students, teachers, administrators, parents and everyone interested in history and/or human trafficking.
Backpage Outrage! - June 20th Protest Pre-Rally
When:
Monday, June, 18 2012
6:00 PM to 6:30 PM (Pacific Time)
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Topic: We will discuss the June 20th demonstration against Backpage.com at its headquarters in Phoenix and New York City. We will also talk about how you can join the online protest if you can't be there in-person!
Description: Backpage.com is a website, a lot like Craigslist, where you can buy a used lawn mower, join a club or find a new roommate all in one place. Backpage.com, however, also hosts ads that have been responsible for human trafficking. Both children and adults are being sold on the site for commercial sex. By hosting these ads, Backpage is facilitating sex trafficking. We are going to show up at their offices on June 20th with signs in our hands and ask them to stop! You can also help us protest online! Join us Monday evening to find out how YOU can make a difference. We have the power to change things. Let's use it...