African Heritage Dancers/Drummers and Little Ethiopia DC celebrate the 12th Annual Afro-American & Ethiopian Heritage/Unity Celebration
“The ‘People To People- A Shared African Heritage’ celebration will present speakers who will highlight the over 200 years African-American and Ethiopian Relations that began in Harlem, New York.
Keynote Speaker, Melvin Deal who committed to the African-American children for nearly 60 years, by encouraging the young people who reside in Wards 7 and 8 of the District of Columbia.
RSVP to LittleEthiopia@gmail.com
Celebrate the 199th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s birth with the National Park Service and its community partners
Historic Photography Demonstrations
Noon – 4:00 pm
Frederick Douglass was the most photographed American of the 1800s. Learn about how photos were taken back then and maybe even sit for a portrait! Demonstrations by Rob Gibson, Gibson Photographic Gallery.
Douglass and Shakespeare
Two Shows: 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm
Actor Darius Wallace portrays Frederick Douglass in this original one-act performance that reveals how Douglass was inspired by the works of William Shakespeare.
Douglass’s Love for Art
1:00 – 1:45 pm
Frederick Douglass used visual art as a political tool. Learn about his favorite artwork and the relationship between nineteenth-century art and reform movements. Lecture by Sarah Cash, Associate Curator, National Gallery of Art, and Dr. Ka’mal McClarin, Museum Curator, National Park Service.
“I am the Painter”: Frederick Douglass and a Life of Art-Making
2:00 – 2:45 pm
For Frederick Douglass, art-making was a radical statement of equality. Dr. Celeste-Marie Bernier, The University of Edinburgh, co-author of Picturing Frederick Douglass, gives a special presentation on the ways in which Douglass maintained control of his image through photographs, portraits, drawings, and sculpture.
2:00 – 2:45 pm
Frederick Douglass grew all kinds of fruits and vegetables on the grounds of his 15-acre Cedar Hill estate. Steve Coleman from Washington Parks & People will teach you the skills to grow and maintain your own urban garden.
Dance Like Douglass: African-American Dance and Culture
3:00 – 3:45 pm
Frederick Douglass was known to cut a mean “pigeon wing.” Join Dr. Tamara L. Brown and dancers from Bowie State University to learn African-American dance traditions from the 1800s to today.
The Douglass Kitchen: African-American Culinary Traditions
3:00 – 3:45 pm
Learn about Frederick Douglass’s culinary life during his early years and under the roof of Cedar Hill. Presentation by Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson, University of Maryland-College Park.
Celebrate the 199th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s birth with the National Park Service and its community partners on Saturday, February 18
2020 Shannon Place SE
Washington DC 20020
Opening Ceremony 10:15 am – noon Keynote address by Dr. Leigh Fought, Le Moyne College, author of Women in the World of Frederick Douglass; music by the Washington Revels’ Jubilee Voices; and speech recitals by students from the annual Oratorical Contest.
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
1411 W Street SE Washington DC 20020
The Life and Times of a Frederick Douglass Portrait
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Explore the long and complex history of a rare and stunning painting of Frederick Douglass that hangs at Cedar Hill. Presentation by Lisa Struckmeyer, Prince William Historic Preservation Office.
Art Comes to Life: Tours of Frederick Douglass’s Home through the Eyes of His Portraits
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Take a guided tour of Cedar Hill and see actors bring portraits of Frederick Douglass’s family and friends to life.
Children’s Art Activities
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Fun activities by EYL: Enjoy Your Life 365 Project.
Historic Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street, NW Washington DC 20009
Doors open at 6:00 PM | Free admission
6:30 PM The District’s African Diaspora: Communities in Conversation
Panel discussion presented by the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs, the Mayor’s Office on African American Affairs and the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs.
The Women of Plums II
A theatrical adaptation of the book The Women of Plums by DC Poet Laureate Dolores Kendrick. Featuring poems written in the voices of slave women who relate lives of appalling deprivation in lyrical monologues, with dance, music and visual arts. Presented by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.