Pam Schafler, Chair, and
Louise Mirrer, President & CEO

invite you to a


A Special Celebration 
Honoring the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Frederick Douglass

Join us for a conversation on the life of Frederick Douglass with

Brent Staples
Author and op-ed columnist for the New York Times editorial board


David W. Blight
Civil War and Reconstruction historian

With a special gospel performance by vocal group
Just Friends



Frederick Douglass Event Committee
Jacqueline Adams
Sherry B. Bronfman
Reverend Malcolm J. Byrd
Ariana DeBose (of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Hamilton)
Eric Foner
Dolores Mercedes Franklin
Ashley Futrell
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Duarte Geraldino
Annette Gordon-Reed
Jane Tillman Irving
Maribel Ledezma-Williams
Patrick A. Lespinasse
Contessa Officer
Funmi Olosunde
Bishop Dennis V. Proctor
Maurice Q. Robinson
Ivan Schwartz
Manisha Sinha
Dr. Gregory Robeson Smith
John Stauffer
Laura Washington
Ariel Williams
L. Joy Williams
Keith Wofford

Learn about our upcoming exhibition 
Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

Cocktail reception compliments of 

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David W. Blight is director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale. He has edited Douglass's masterful recounting My Bondage and My Freedom to include a new introduction and annotations.

Brent Staples is a writer for the New York Times editorial board, covering a wide range of topics including politics, culture, race, education, and housing. 

Just Friends vocal group includes Shelton Becton, Gail Blanche-Gill, A. Makea McDonald, Nedra Olds-Neal, Teresa Bowers Parker, and Jamet Pittman.


Creative: Tronvig Group