#InContext: Frederick Douglass

By: MIRELLE RAZA On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. Floyd’s death sparked outrage across the United States. Activists used their platforms to think critically about the American status quo and the harm it inflicts on Black and Brown … Continue reading #InContext: Frederick Douglass

#InContext: Harriet Beecher Stowe

By: ALANA BROE Social reform ran in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s blood. She was the daughter of a prominent New England minister, and sister to educators, writers, influential ministers, and feminist advocates. In a time where women were discouraged from publicly expressing their views and could not vote or hold office, Stowe used writing to affect … Continue reading #InContext: Harriet Beecher Stowe

#InContext: James Baldwin

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS One of the 20th century’s greatest writers, James Baldwin pushed literary boundaries with the exploration of racial issues, social justice, and the black experience in America. He was an important, constant voice in the American Civil Rights Movement. Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924, in Harlem in New York City. Baldwin’s … Continue reading #InContext: James Baldwin

#InContext: Henry David Thoreau

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS A philosopher, naturalist, and social reformer, Henry David Thoreau’s life and legacy compelled others to resist injustice and stand for human rights across the world. Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817, in Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau frequently joked that he was born ‘in the nick of time,” when transcendentalism and the anti-slavery … Continue reading #InContext: Henry David Thoreau

Douglass Fellows Meet with Descendent of Frederick Douglass

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS Washington, DC – Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. welcomed The Human Trafficking Institute’s inaugural class of Douglass Fellows during their orientation in Washington, DC. Morris is the co-founder and president of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and the great-great-great grandson Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington. Morris toured the U.S. … Continue reading Douglass Fellows Meet with Descendent of Frederick Douglass

#InContext: Ralph Waldo Emerson

By: MOLLY WICKER As a young man coming of age during the time of the Civil War, Ralph Waldo Emerson saw firsthand the consequences and destruction of slavery. Emerson was a passionate opponent of slavery and his thoughts on the subject are scattered throughout his essays, speeches, and collected works. Emerson was born on May … Continue reading #InContext: Ralph Waldo Emerson

#InContext: Frederick Douglass

By: TAKIM WILLIAMS Frederick Douglass was a well-respected abolitionist, social activist, orator, and statesman. Born into slavery in Maryland in 1818, his story is one of overcoming oppression in order to pave the way for others to do the same. All three of his autobiographies, from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass in 1845 … Continue reading #InContext: Frederick Douglass

#InContext: Harriet Tubman

By: TAKIM WILLIAMS Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in 1849. She made her way from her Maryland plantation to the city of Philadelphia, where she was able to find work and save money. Yet she was not satisfied by her own freedom. She returned to Maryland to escort her sister to the North. Then, she … Continue reading #InContext: Harriet Tubman

#InContext: Theodore Parker & Martin Luther King Jr.

The Selma to Montgomery March of 1965 occurred the year after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which did far less to improve the lives of oppressed African Americans than many of them had hoped. In King’s own words at the march, “The Civil Rights Act of 1964 gave Negroes some part of their rightful … Continue reading #InContext: Theodore Parker & Martin Luther King Jr.