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Frederick Douglass Day

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, 12PM–3PM, 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.