Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Greenwood Cultural Center
322 N. Greenwood Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74120
10th Annual Reconciliation in America National Symposium
"Civic Engagement and Reconciliation: the Survival of Democracy"
Keynote Speaker - Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.
Co-Founder & President of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
Author of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave
OH will sponsor the symposium's keynote address by Mr. Morris, who descends from two of the most influential names in American history: he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington. His mother, Nettie Washington Douglass, is the daughter of Nettie Hancock Washington (granddaughter of Booker T. Washington), and Dr. Frederick Douglass III (great grandson of Frederick Douglass).
Ken continues his family’s legacy of anti-slavery and educational work as co-founder and president of the Atlanta-based nonprofit Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI). FDFI brings the guidance of history to the fight against modern forms of slavery. As part of the present-day abolitionist movement, FDFI educates young people about all forms of forced servitude and inspires them to action. One such project is the the One Million Abolitionists project, which with a wide range of partners including the National Park Service, educational institutions, community organizations, and individuals will print and distribute one million copies of a special Bicentennial edition of Frederick Douglass’s first autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, to young people across the country through the 2018 celebration of the bicentennial of Douglass’s birth.
Ken received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of La Verne in California in January 2012. In June 2012, he received the inaugural National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom’s Frederick Douglass Underground Railroad Legacy Award in recognition of his commitment to promoting social change through activism that addresses contemporary social issues. In January 2014, Ken was the first man to be awarded the Women’s E-News 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism. In April 2016, he received the Anne Frank Change the World Award from the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights and in November 2017, he received the National Association of African American Honors Programs Legacy Keeper Award. In 2018, Ken has received awards including the Award for Excellence from Washington College, Wind Beneath My Wings from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the Frederick Douglass Medal from the Douglass Institute for African & African-American Studies at the University of Rochester.
Ken strongly believes, as did Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, that education is the pathway to freedom.