On February 7, 2018, The Maryland Historical Society is pleased to host noted scholar and professor of history at Yale University, David Blight, Ph.D., as he brings his expertise to discuss importance of Frederick Douglass’s life and thought as part of our recognition of Black History month. Blight, director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, is one of the most respected scholars of the Civil War and Reconstruction, race relations, Douglass, Du Bois, and problems in public history and American historical memory. In light of Douglass’s 200th birthday, and leading to the release of Blight’s upcoming full biography, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, this lecture is especially pertinent to today’s discussions.
“Next month marks the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass, undeniably one of the most important men in American history. A man that risked all to bring freedom to an entire race and begin the process of equalizing our nation,” shared Maryland Historical Society President and CEO, Mark Letzer.
The event is made free of charge to the public through the A. Helen Diggs Memorial Lecture Fund. We look forward to sharing this insightful lecture and commemoration of the life and impactful work of Frederick Douglass with the Maryland community on February 7th.