February 14

February 14, 1818 – Frederick Douglass  

Frederick Douglass portrait

Frederick Douglass

One of America’s greatest orators Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey) celebrated February 14, 1818 as the date of his birth.  He was born in  Talbot County, Maryland.
Frederick Douglass House

Frederick Douglass House, 1411 W Street, Southeast, Washington, District of Columbia, DC

Born a slave, after escaping slavery Douglass became one of the world’s foremost abolitionist and human rights leaders.  Douglass was known for his brilliant and persuasive oratory which drew listeners of all races to hear him expound upon the merits of freedom for all people.  His famous “Fourth of July” speech illustrated the mastery of his intellectual persuasion and boldness to speak the truth regardless of any personal consequences.
Frederick Douglass by Samuel J Miller, 1847-52

Frederick Douglass by Samuel J Miller, 1847-52

He was named Minister-Resident and Consul-General to Haiti on July 1, 1889.  Douglass was the first African American to have a position that high in the United States Government. Douglass died on February 20, 1895 in Washington, DC at age 77.

Tribute To Black History Month

December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950 – Carter Godwin Woodson

Carter G Woodson portrait

Dr. Carter G. Woodson

Dr. Carter G. Woodson  began “Negro History Week” the forerunner to Black History Month. Dr. Woodson was a noted, historian, journalist, author and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.