History, Human Rights and the Power of One: Taking a Stand Against
Modern-day Slavery, An Evening with Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.,
President of the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation
February 19, 2014, 7 p.m., DeMeester Recital Hall
Co-sponsored by the History and Political Science department and the Office of Intercultural Student Life and Global Programming
Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. is the great-great-great-grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great-grandson of Booker T. Washington. Today, his career and life path are driven by a mission to end human trafficking and all forms of servitude, with a clear focus on the restoration of the dignity and well-being of its victims. Prior to becoming a social entrepreneur, Morris co-managed a successful marketing and entertainment firm. He is now the President of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI), a public charity that endeavors to create a modern Abolitionist Movement in schools all over the country through the vehicle of service-learning. Experts in the field of human trafficking and modern-day slavery agree that building awareness is the first step to ending slavery in our time. Some of the work done by Morris and the Foundation since 2007 includes: reaching approximately 50,000 middle and high school students through the Frederick Douglass Dialogues Tour; appearing on television, radio, and in newspaper articles, creating the Abolition Day Project allowing students to bring awareness of human trafficking to millions of people all over the U.S. and initiating HR 929, the House Resolution to recognize Abolition Day internationally.
Photo: Copyright 2012, Steven James Collins Photography