Nettie Washington Douglas

Nettie Washington Douglass (the great great granddaughter of Frederick Douglass and the great granddaughter of Booker T. Washington) will be on campus Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Luchsinger Fireplace Lounge, Alston Campus Center to speak about Frederick Douglass’s 1845 tour of Ireland during the Great Famine.

Washington Douglass unites two of the most prominent families in African American history. Frederick Douglass, “the father of the civil rights movement,” is well known for his classic 1845 slave narrative, which details his life and his escape from slavery. He is also noted for his work as an abolitionist, orator, statesman and diplomat. Booker T. Washington established Tuskegee Institute in 1881 and is considered one of the most influential African American leaders of the 20th century.

Douglass will also discuss the efforts of her foundation, the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, to preserve Douglass’ memory, particularly in collaboration with various projects in Ireland. Her foundation also engages in education about 21st-century slavery and human trafficking. This event is hosted by Professor Willie Tolliver of the Department of English and is sponsored by the Global Awareness Literary Ireland program and the Keough Family Irish Studies Fund.