Frederick Douglass Honor Society May 21 Event

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A fundraiser to support the Frederick Douglass Honor Society Scholarship Fund and Frederick Douglass Day will be held on Sunday, May 21 from 2-5 p.m. at the Wye House, formerly the home of a young, enslaved Frederick Douglass. The Society is dedicated to developing programs that continue the Frederick Douglass legacy of human rights, personal growth, and involvement of citizens in their communities. Douglass, an American hero, abolitionist, orator, author, statesman, and reformer was a firm believer in equality for all people.

The event “From Frederick Douglass to Barack Obama, Why the Struggle Continues,” includes a round-table discussion focusing on the vision and ideals of Frederick Douglass and their relevance today. World-class Frederick Douglass scholars participating are David Blight, Yale University professor and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, Hari Jones, assistant director and curator, African American Civil War Freedom Foundation and Museum, Clara Small, emeritus professor, Salisbury University, expert on African Americans living on the Delmarva peninsula  and John Stauffer, professor of English, African and African-American Studies, History of American Civilization at Harvard University.

“Frederick Douglass is an American hero, and his vision and willingness to fight for his ideals through reason, consensus-building and peaceful advocacy are vital messages for all of us, especially our youth, and couldn’t be more relevant right now” said Eric Lowery, President of the Frederick Douglass Honor Society.

The Frederick Douglass Honor Society annual scholarship program provides financial assistance to two high school graduates, selected for their leadership skills, who want to attend college. The purpose of this event is to increase the size of the scholarship fund to include more student-leaders, offer a higher level of financial assistanceto students and expand and enhance mentorship efforts to support these student leaders throughout their college experience.

Every year the Society celebrates Frederick Douglass Day as a way to honor this American hero and his great legacy by sharing his story here in Talbot County, the county of his birthplace. Free and open to the public, this inspirational event is an important vehicle to reach our community and visitors through education and entertainment.

Program hosts for the fundraiser are the Frederick Douglass Honor Society and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Tilghman. Program committee members include Ms. Amy Haines, Rabbi Peter Hyman, Mr. Richard Marks,Dr. Lois McCoy, Mr. Bruce Ragsdale, Mr. Richard Scobey and Dr. Willie Wood. Tickets are $100 per person and available online @ https//mscf.givezooks.com/events/Frederick-Douglasss-honor-society.

For more information about this event or to learn more about the Frederick Douglass Honor Society visit http://www.frederickDouglassshonorsociety.org/ or Facebook page at Frederick Douglass Honor Society.

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