Frederick Douglass descendent highlights FDI Conference

Frederick Douglass descendent highlights FDI Conference

Kenneth Morris, Jr. Kenneth Morris, Jr., the great-great-grandson of escaped slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, will be the keynote speaker Thursday, May 2, for the 13th Annual Frederick Douglass Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference.

Morris will discuss human trafficking, modern-day slavery and why we must create a new abolitionist movement at 7 p.m. in the KUB Multipurpose B room. His presentation highlights a busy day for on-campus conference sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute and the American Democracy Project.

Thursday, May 2

  • 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. — Student Panels, Kehr Union Building
  • 4 to 5:15 p.m. — Faculty and Student Panel on Post-Racial America, KUB Multipurpose B
  • 7 p.m. — Kenneth Morris, Jr., presents, “History, Human Rights and the Power of One”

Friday, May 3

  • 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — Student Panels, Kehr Union Building

In June 2007, Morris helped form the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation, which has concentrated on working on the issue with schools. Frederick Douglass was a writer and orator who influenced President Abraham Lincoln’s anti-slavery views. The Atlanta-based Douglass Family Foundation began service learning projects — required for high school graduation in some states — at the high school level, to educate students about the warning signs of sex trafficking and slavery.

A modern-day anti-slavery program became part of the curriculum in New York City at-risk schools as part of a new agreement between the city and Morris’ foundation, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati and Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition. Morris says the objective is to identify, prevent and combat the problem of human trafficking.