Lynne V. Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, told about 85 people at the Enoch Pratt Free Library last night that they don't know what obstacles are - not compared to what abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass endured.
"You think you've got obstacles to overcome," Cheney said. "Look at what this man did."
Cheney's remarks followed a dramatic presentation by Frederick Douglass IV and his wife, B.J. Douglass, that chronicled his great-great-grandfather's escape from slavery in Baltimore on Sept. 3, 1838.
Their presentation, complemented by Jali D. on percussion, ended with a stirring rendition of "America the Beautiful" by B.J. Douglass.
Afterward, Cheney was given the Frederick Douglass Visionary Leadership Award.
"We are recognizing your ongoing contributions to literature and for your honoring my great-great-grandfather in your book," Frederick Douglass IV said.