Frederick Douglass spent his life fighting for justice and equality. Born into slavery in 1818, he escaped as a young man and became a leading voice in the abolitionist movement. People everywhere still find inspiration today in his tireless struggle, brilliant words, and inclusive vision of humanity.From an early age Frederick Douglass knew that reading was his key to success. A 20- to 30-minute distance-learning program, “Frederick Douglass and the Power of Literacy,” works with students to discover why reading was so powerful for Douglass as a slave and then as an abolitionist. Question-and-answer time is included. Participation in the program is free.
Plus: Douglass’s legacy is preserved at Cedar Hill, a national park in Washington, DC, where he lived his last 17 years. There are two no-cost ways to virtually tour Cedar Hill and experience the world of Frederick Douglass from anywhere. The virtual exhibit of the Museum Management Program, developed by the National Park Service, features images of objects from the collection, portraits of Frederick Douglass, and a room-by-room tour of the historic house. Google Cultural Institute’s digital platform, produced through a partnership between the National Park Service and Google, allows a 360-degree interior view of the historic house.