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RED BANK: ‘RADICAL FRIENDSHIP’ OF FORTUNE AND DOUGLASS
February 8, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Paramount to the study and discussion of the history of American journalism and the pantheon of the Black press are the careers and contributions of Frederick Douglass and T. Thomas Fortune.
Douglass took an active role mentoring and supporting Timothy Thomas Fortune, 40 years his junior, while a law student at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in the 1870s. With the development of the first national organization for African-American journalists and editors, Douglass and Fortune worked side by side. Sharing platform stages in cities from Virginia to New Jersey, Douglass and Fortune developed a friendship across generations and geography.
The recently opened T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center, a National Historic Landmark, hosts Douglassonian scholar and author John Muller for a thought-provoking presentation of about their relationship, using primary sources.
A Q&A will follow.