2020 February 14—Douglass Day @ SUNY Brockport

friday, february 14, 2020, noon-3pm @ kiefer room, drake memorial library, suny brockport.

An international digital celebration of Frederick Douglass’ chosen birthday and Black History Month, focused this year on the pioneering work and life of Anna Julia Cooper, often considered the “mother of Black feminism.”

Drop by, grab a snack, and join this international digital celebration of Frederick Douglass’ birthday and Black History Month. We’ll be exploring the work of American author, educator, historian, sociologist, speaker, and Black Liberation activist Anna Julia Cooper, often considered the “mother of Black feminism.” Check out Cooper’s work and her story, try your hand at some digital transcription, and join us for conversation at the Brockport outpost of a worldwide digital history event.

What is Douglass Day? After Frederick Douglass passed away in 1895, African American communities gathered to celebrate his birthday every year on February 14th. These memorials offered a space for reflection on the past and the questions of today. Douglass Day was one of the origins of Black History Month. In 2017, the Colored Conventions Project revived these celebrations as an annual day for preserving Black history. This year, we will hold a transcribe-a-thon and read-a-thon focused on the papers of Anna Julia Cooper. All are invited! Learn more about the history of Douglass Day at http://douglassday.org/.

Questions? Contact Dr. Michael J. Kramer, Assistant Professor of History, mkramer@brockport.edu.

PDF (for printing posters and fliers).

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