Special Screening with MWHC

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February 23, 2023
7:00pm Eastern Time
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Join the Maryland Women's Heritage Center and Maryland Public Television for a special screening and discussion of Becoming Frederick Douglass.

After watching the film we'll have an interactive conversation with our panel:

Moderator: Dr. Karsonya "Kaye" Wise Whitehead, host of "Today With Dr. Kaye" on WEAA; founder of the Karson Institute for Race, Peace & Social Justice and associate professor, Communication and African American Studies, Department of Communication, Loyola University Maryland

Gloria Browne-Marshall professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) and author, She Took Justice: The Black Woman, Law, and Power

Ida E. Jones, Ph.D., archivist at Morgan State University and author, The Heart of the Race Problem: The Life of Kelly Miller; member, Maryland Women’s Heritage Board of Directors

Amy Rosenkrans, Ph.D., Social Studies teacher in Baltimore City Schools and secretary, Maryland Women’s Heritage Center Executive Board


BECOMING FREDERICK DOUGLASS is the inspiring story of how a man born into slavery became one of the most prominent statesmen and influential voices for democracy in American history. Born in 1818 in Maryland, he escaped from slavery in 1838 and went on to become the most well-known leader of the abolitionist movement. A gifted writer and powerful, charismatic orator, it is estimated that more Americans heard Douglass speak than any other 19th-century figure — Black or white. The documentary explores how Douglass controlled his own image and narrative, embracing photography as a tool for social justice, and the role he played in securing the right to freedom and complete equality for African Americans. Executive produced by Academy Award-nominated Stanley Nelson and Lynne Robinson, the film is produced and directed by Nelson and Nicole London. The film features the voice of acclaimed actor Wendell Pierce as Douglass.

Video Descriptions

Special Screening & Discussion of Becoming Frederick Douglass

Special Screening & Discussion of Becoming Frederick Douglass

MWHC Kathi Welcome

MWHC Amy Intro

Becoming Frederick Douglass

Discover how a man born into slavery became one of the most influential voices for democracy in American history. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stanley Nelson explores the role Douglass played in securing the right to freedom for African Americans.

Becoming Frederick Douglass Hold Video

Becoming Frederick Douglass Hold Video

69min 25sec


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    MPT Events Team


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    Diana M. Bailey


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