Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP held a community event last week honoring the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass in time to celebrate the bicentennial of his birth.
The event was held in United Church of Chapel Hill, offering a night of discussion, art and song in recognition of one of history’s most influential figures.
“He is a wonderful American story,” director of Chapel Hill Public Library Susan Brown said. “Everything from overcoming injustice, to the importance of education, to the importance of social activism — he’s just a major figure who we still feel the impact of his actions and his words today.”
The event kicked off a series of Orange County events that will recognize the ongoing impact of Douglass’ activism. In a climate of national discussion about racial injustice and gender inequality, the Douglass series is exceptionally timely.
First Vice President of Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP James E. Williams Jr. helped bring the event’s planning team together. Williams is a strong advocate for racial justice and ethnic fairness in the Triangle community and has been inspired by Douglass as a champion of human rights, equal rights and women’s rights.