Legacy of famed abolo­tion­ist Fred­er­ick Dou­glass will live on at WCU

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

WEST CH­ESTER >> The in­au­gu­ral Dr. Clif­ford E. DeBap­tiste Fred­er­ick Dou­glass In­sti­tute Lec­ture se­ries will be­gin for­mally on Satur­day, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. fea­tur­ing its first guest lec­turer, Dr. C. James Trot­man, au­thor of “Fred­er­ick Dou­glass: A Bi­og­ra­phy,” who will dis­cuss the im­por­tance of equal­ity, di­ver­sity, and in­clu­sion in to­day’s Amer­ica.

In a fit­ting trib­ute to the great abo­li­tion­ist, or­a­tor, and states­man, the first lec­ture will be held on the Uni­ver­sity’s Aca­demic Quad along­side the ma­jes­tic statue of Fred­er­ick Dou­glass, which stands in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the abo­li­tion­ist’s last pub­lic lec­ture on WCU’s cam­pus and was erected in 2006 by the Penn­syl­va­nia His­tor­i­cal and Mu­seum Com­mis­sion.

The lec­ture, which is open to the pub­lic free of charge, is hosted by the Fred­er­ick Dou­glass In­sti­tute and is made pos­si­ble through the gen­er­ous gift of DeBap­tiste, the first African-Amer­i­can mayor of West Ch­ester Bor­ough and a rec­og­nized cham­pion of ed­u­ca­tion.

As part of the in­au­gu­ral ef­fort, DeBap­tiste will be hon­ored for his vast con­tri­bu­tions to the Ch­ester County com­mu­nity by Pres­i­dent of the Cit­i­zen Recog­ni­tion Project Jef­fery Brown, who will also present the Walk of Fame plaque to the for­mer mayor. Among the event’s high­lights will be an ad­dress by West Ch­ester Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent Christo­pher Fiorentino, and the shar­ing of the in­sti­tute’s his­tory by Direc­tor of the Fred­er­ick Dou­glass In­sti­tute Chris­tian Awuyah.

“Our stu­dents and those who live in the com­mu­nity are for­tu­nate to be aligned with an in­di­vid­ual who is deeply com­mit­ted to ad­vanc­ing hu­man­ity and ini­ti­at­ing rich con­ver­sa­tions about the legacy of a man whose life mer­its much re­flec­tion,” said Fiorentino. “Thanks to Dr. DeBap­tiste’s gen­eros­ity, all of us can be­come well-rounded cit­i­zen schol­ars by study­ing Dou­glass’ ex­am­ple, ex­am­in­ing is­sues of so­cial jus­tice, and im­prov­ing the present by learn­ing from the past. We are equally proud that West Ch­ester Uni­ver­sity’s Fred­er­ick Dou­glass In­sti­tute will be tak­ing the lead in co­or­di­nat­ing these par­tic­u­larly rel­e­vant lec­tures for many years to come.”

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