Becoming Fredrick Douglass

Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 9 p.m.

This is the inspiring story of how a man born into slavery became one of the most prominent statesmen and influential voices for democracy in American history. Born in 1818 on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery in 1838 and went on to become the most well-known leader of the abolitionist movement. 

It is estimated that more Americans heard Douglass—a gifted writer and powerful, charismatic orator—speak than any other 19th century figure, Black or white. 

The documentary explores how Douglass controlled his own image and narrative, embracing photography as a tool for social justice, and the role he played in securing the right to freedom and complete equality for African Americans.

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