Norton to Speak at Two Frederick Douglass Events on His 200th Birthday, Tomorrow
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will participate in two events—one local and one national—to honor the life of Frederick Douglass tomorrow, Wednesday, February 14, 2018. February 14 was Douglass’ adopted birthday.
First, Norton will moderate a Black History Month event to celebrate Douglass’ life and his contributions to the District of Columbia at 11:00 a.m. at Ron Brown Preparatory High School (4300 Meade St. NE). Douglass’ home in Cedar Hill in Southeast D.C. is a National Historical Site with thousands of visitors every year. At the event, Norton will lead a discussion featuring Ken Morris, Jr., the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass, and Co-Founder and President of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives; Tara Morrison, Superintendent, National Capital Parks –East; and John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of the Anacostia. The event is open to the public.
On Wednesday evening, Norton will speak at the congressional ceremony honoring the bicentennial of the birth of Douglass at 5:30 p.m. in Emancipation Hall of the Capitol Visitor Center (First St NE). The event is being hosted by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-LA). The event will take place near the Frederick Douglass statue, which represents D.C. and was placed in the Capitol by a 2013 Norton bill, making D.C. the only jurisdiction that is not a state with a statue in the Capitol.