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Black Student Union and Live2Free to Celebrate Black History Month with Special Speaker Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.

kbm_media1-880x1024Join Vanguard University’s Black Student Union (BSU) and Live2Free clubs as they celebrate Black History Month on Monday, February 9, at 10 a.m. in Heath 109.

In honor of Black History Month, BSU and Live2Free clubs will host an event featuring the founder and president of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) organization, Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. The event will offer students the opportunity to learn more about black history, specifically dealing with slavery in America, and the fight to end human trafficking today from a descendant of two of the most influential and important Americans in history.

Being the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington, Morris comes from a strong lineage of history-shapers. Both of these men played key roles in the civil rights movement from abolishing slavery to acquiring racial equality, and their impact led to Morris’s creation of FDFI. FDFI is an abolitionist organization that brings education about preventing human trafficking with the mission “To Advance Freedom through Knowledge and Strategic Action.”

According to the Frederick Douglas Family Initiatives website, Douglass was a “brilliant speaker” who helped to lead the abolitionist movement to end slavery in the U.S. “Douglass provided a powerful voice for human rights during this period of American history and is still revered today for his contributions against racial injustice,” the website states. For Washington, the website states: “A man who overcame near-impossible odds himself, Booker T. Washington is best remembered for helping black Americans rise up from the economic slavery that held them down long after they were legally free citizens.”

To learn more about Morris and FDFI, click here.