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The Black Experience: From Slavery to Modern Times

Over the course of the spring semester, students and faculty will engage in dialogue about contributions African Americans have made to our society, as well as the legacy of slavery that remains. 

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass to Receive Honorary Degree

On the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’s birth, Washington College is posthumously awarding him the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.

The famed abolitionist orator, author, and statesman was born into slavery in February 1818, not far from the College’s campus on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Douglass’s great-great-great grandson, Kenneth Morris, who is co-founder and president of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, and David Blight, a professor of history at Yale University and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, will both offer remarks and receive the College’s Award for Excellence. Read the full release here.

The event, part of the annual George Washington’s Birthday Convocation, is slated for Friday, Feb. 23, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts. The public is welcome to attend, free of charge. For those who cannot attend in person, the ceremony will be livestreamed: