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Frederick Douglass Day 2019

On Valentine's Day 2019, we invite you to a 201st birthday party for Frederick Douglass. Although Douglass was born into bondage and never knew his birthdate, he chose to celebrate every year on February 14. We will commemorate his birthday with cake and refreshments, read and discuss Black-authored texts by and about Douglass and his wife Anna Murray Douglass, and hear brief talks by scholars.

Frederick Douglass Day is a national celebration that we will join via LiveStream from the University of Delaware, Newark.

The theme of Douglass Day 2019 is Frederick Douglass’s life and legacy. This year's big event is a Read-a-Thon, focusing on one of Douglass's addresses to a Colored Convention in 1883, and a speech written by his daughter, Rosetta Douglass Sprague, as a tribute to her mother, Anna Murray Douglass.

The national event is cosponsored by the University of Delaware, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, and the Colored Conventions Project. More information on the national Frederick Douglass Day can be found at:

The UTK event is sponsored by the UTK English Department Hodges Better English Fund.

Please join us to celebrate Frederick Douglass and Black History Month, eat birthday cake, read and discuss works by and about Frederick Douglass and Anna Murray Douglass, and learn more about African American history. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 11:00am to 2:00pm

John C Hodges Library, 213
1015 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville TN

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Lectures & Presentations


Humanities & Social Sciences, Diversity & Inclusion


Current Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public


Black History Month




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Anne Langendorfer

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