John Brown Day '12 at Lake Placid
LAKE PLACID, NY- Frederick Douglass' great-great-great grandson Kenneth Morris Jr. will give the keynote address at the annual John Brown Day celebration to be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Lake Placid. Morris will talk about the friendship and enduring legacy of Douglass and fellow abolitionist John Brown.
|Kenneth Morris, Jr.|
The two men first met in Massachusetts in 1848, a decade after Douglass successfully escaped from slavery on a Maryland plantation and 11 years before Brown's history-changing raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Va. By the time they met, Douglass had become one of the most eloquent and sought-after champions of freedom and equal suffrage for women and men, regardless of race.
Founder and president of the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation, Morris will also discuss the Foundation's work today to create a modern abolitionist movement in schools all over the country through the vehicle of service-learning.
For more information, contact Martha Swan, executive director of John Brown Lives! at 518-962-4758 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: "John Brown Day Slated at Historic Lake Placid Site," Lake Placid News (4 May 2012)