To celebrate the anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s 200th birthday, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives has published a Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Curriculum.
Frederick Douglass was an African-American abolitionist, orator, writer, statesman, and social reformer. After escaping from slavery in Maryland he described his experiences in his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845).
Douglass started publishing his first abolitionist newspaper, the North Star, from the basement of the Memorial AME Zion Church in Rochester in 1847 and became a national leader of the abolitionist movement.
The lessons for grade K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 and college level students are founded on the
Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave.
The curriculum includes shared inquiry and service-learning with Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives partners the Great Books Foundation and the National Youth Leadership Council.
Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) is an Abolitionist organization co-founded by direct descendants of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. FDFI combines lessons from the legacies of Douglass and Washington with a mission “To Advance Freedom through Knowledge and Strategic Action.”
Portrait of Frederick Douglass courtesy National Archives and Records Administration.