Inaugural Douglass Fellows Class Celebrated at Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC

By: KELLI L. ROSS The Institute’s first class of Douglass Fellows completed their nine-month fellowship with a celebration dinner on April 18 at Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC. The seven Fellows, representing six law schools, were engaged in the Institute’s anti-trafficking work through three key components: (1) Research & Writing; (2) Advocacy; and (3) Mentorship. … Continue reading Inaugural Douglass Fellows Class Celebrated at Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC

#InContext: Henry David Thoreau

By: MEGAN ABRAMEIT Henry David Thoreau was born July 12, 1817, in Concord, Massachusetts. Born into a family of pencil makers, this perhaps fostered the future author’s gift for writing. At age 11, his parents sent him to grammar school at Concord Academy, where he excelled enough to enter Harvard University in 1833, at the … Continue reading #InContext: Henry David Thoreau

#InContext: William Faulkner

By: MEGAN ABRAMEIT William Faulkner, winner of the 1950 Nobel Prize for Literature, owes a great deal of success to his upbringing. Born William Falkner on September 25, 1897, in New Albany, Mississippi. Faulkner later moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where he drew inspiration for the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, the setting of many of his novels. … Continue reading #InContext: William Faulkner

#InContext: Abraham Lincoln

By: MEGAN ABRAMEIT When looking at Abraham Lincoln’s portrait in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., one will notice a few unique features. He is portrayed neither as glorious or powerful like the colorful George Washington portrait but is sitting in his chair, leaning forward with his elbow on his knee, in a position … Continue reading #InContext: Abraham Lincoln

#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: Ida B. Wells

By: CORY SAGDUYU Ida B. Wells, an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement, devoted her life to shining light on the darkness of injustice. In 1862, Wells was born a slave in Holly Springs, Mississippi. The Emancipation Proclamation officially freed slaves in the South about six months later, and Wells devoted her life to … Continue reading #InContext: Ida B. Wells

#InContext: Anna Julia Cooper

By: CASSONDRA (Cj) MURPHY Spanning the time from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, Anna Julia Cooper’s life was defined by her tireless fight for freedom and equality. Cooper was born into slavery in North Carolina in 1858. Although not allowed to pursue educational opportunities until her ninth birthday — two years after … Continue reading #InContext: Anna Julia Cooper

#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