SPEAKER VERDIS ROBINSON DISCUSSES FREDERICK DOUGLASS’ GLOBAL SEARCH FOR EQUALITY FROM 1886-1887
Frederick Douglass’ activism did not end with the abolition of slavery. Speaker Verdis LeVar Robinson will take us from New York City and across the Atlantic as Douglass continued his quest for democracy and equality two decades later.
Robinson will present “One Like the Sea: Frederick Douglass’ Global Search for Democracy and Equality, 1886-87,” at the History Center, Thursday, March 22, at 2 p.m.
With Douglass’ unpublished travel diary as a reference, Robinson will tell of a journey which began after the abolitionist lost his Rochester, N.Y., home to arson in what he deemed “the spirit of Ku Klux.” Douglass toured numerous European countries as he sought evidence to combat scientific racism and discrimination. Although he returned home discouraged after seeing racism’s global reach, his travels inspired a new generation of activists battling racism and seeking equality.
Robinson is an Assistant Professor of History and African-American Studies at Monroe Community College. He is also a member of the Rochester History Journal editorial board, a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Faculty Seminar on Rethinking Black Freedom Studies, and the founder of the Rochester Neighborhood Oral History Project.
Robinson holds a B.M. in Voice Performance from Boston University, a B.S. and an M.A. in History from SUNY College at Brockport, and an M.A. in African-American Studies from SUNY University at Buffalo.
This free presentation is made possible by a grant from the Humanities New York Public Scholar program. Humanities New York (HNY) provides leadership and support across the state through grants, programs, networking and advocacy, encouraging critical thinking and cultural understanding in the public arena.