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Frederick Douglass Day

In February 2022, thousands of people will celebrate Douglass Day, an annual event held to celebrate the birthday of Frederick Douglass. Members of the public are invited to join this celebration by joining us at the University of Tennessee for a series of events to honor Douglass and to contribute to Black literary history!

Our plenary address by Professor Gabrielle Foreman will be "Frederick Douglass and the Politics of Trust: Black Organizing, Black Wealth, and the Failure of the Freedman's Bank," on Thursday, February 10, 3:30 PM in Student Union 270 or via Zoom.

The main event will be the Frederick Douglass Day Celebration and Transcribe-a-thon on Monday, February 14, 12 PM - 3 PM, Student Union Room 262 and via Zoom.  We will be logging on to DouglassDay.org to help transcribe records from a little-known chapter of African American history called the Colored Conventions. It’s a way to celebrate Black History Month with a digital twist!

Sponsored by UT Departments of English, History, and Africana Studies; UT Humanities Center, UT Libraries, UT Special Collections, Division of Diversity and Engagement, and Council for Diversity and Inclusion.

View FDD 2022 Libguide

Schedule

Event Date Location Registration
Collective Actions for Black History: The Principles, Rituals, and Research Agendas of Douglass Day Thursday, January 27,
3:30-5 PM
Zoom Link Registration Link
Frederick Douglass and the Politics of Trust: Black Organizing, Black Wealth, and the Failure of the Freedman's Bank (Foreman Plenary) Thursday, February 10,
3:30-5:00 PM
Student Union Room 270 and hybrid Zoom Link open to the public
Registration Link
Know your Value/s: Strategies for Success for Scholars of Color Friday, February 11,
9 AM -12 PM

Zoom Link

Registration Link
Frederick Douglass Day Celebration featuring Transcribe-a-thon Monday, February 14,
12:00-3:00 PM
Student Union Room 262 and hybrid Zoom Link open to the public
Registration Link
Fixing the Leaky Pipe – BIPOC Students, So You Think You Wanna Go To Grad School? February 16,
3:30-5:00 PM
Zoom Registration Link
Fixing the Leaky Pipe – Helping BIPOC Grad Students Finish Up Strong February 17,
3:30-5:00 PM
Zoom Registration Link