On Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 5:00 PM DBNA co sponsored a celebration and paid tribute to famous abolitionist, orator and educator, Frederick Douglass , our hero. “The great-grandson of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass IV and his wife, BJ gave a wonderful artistic re-enactment of his life as a slave and the journey to freedom.  The presentation informed the audience about the struggle our ancestors endured to make a better world for themselves and generations to follow.


On Monday, February 12, Frederick Douglass IV and his wife addressed the general assembly of two schools in Brooklyn. These schools are located in Bed/Stuy and Brownsville and were named in honor of Frederick Douglass. A luncheon was hosted by Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, which is the former site of the African Wesleyan Methodist Episcopal Church (1854-1938) and the first Black congregation (now called Bridge Street AWME Church). Later in the evening, at 7:00 PM, Mother AME Zion Church, located in the village of Harlem, pastored by the Rev. Dr. Gregory Smith, hosted a wonderful program.


On Tuesday, February 13, starting at 9:00 AM there were brief ceremonies beginning at the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims in Brooklyn, the African Burial Ground and the Manhattan Pier to call attention to a marker, placed by the NYC Landmarks Commission, at the suggestion of the Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry. The day’s events were culminated by a special reception at City Hall hosted by Councilman Alan Gerson.





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