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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN STAFF | April 24, 1998
Sam Lacy, sports editor of the Baltimore Afro-American, yesterday received the Frederick Douglass Award from the University System of Maryland, amid observations that the lives of the two civil rights activists nearly overlapped.Lacy, 94, was born eight years after Douglass' death. Better he follow in Douglass' footsteps, Lacy said of the 19th century abolitionist and editor."Frederick Douglass laid the groundwork for my work in journalism," Lacy said at a luncheon in his honor at Oriole Park.
By IAN FINSETH | August 20, 2006
Long ago, in the small Chesapeake Bay town of St. Michaels, a slave named Frederick Douglass beat up a white farmer named Edward Covey who had been hired to "break" the difficult young man. That fistfight was a turning point in Mr. Douglass' life, liberating him from fear, and it set him on a path that would lead him out of slavery and into a career as the preeminent African-American spokesman of the 19th century and one of the truly remarkable figures of...
IN THE LIVING CLASSROOM Foundation on South Caroline Street, sixth-graders from the Crossroads charter school are sitting on the floor waiting for their surprise guests. Jamila Sams, the dean of students, asks the children whether they know about Frederick Douglass, a former slave and abolitionist who lived in Baltimore. None of them has an exact answer. Then suddenly, a long, low wail erupts from the back of the room and a woman stomps in wearing a 19th-century teal dress that looks like it has a giant birdcage underneath the skirt.
By Gregory Kane | January 23, 2002
THE BLACK woman emerged from stage left, attired in one of those 19th-century dresses that were narrow at the waist but billowed at the bottom. She wore a red hat with a black band and black gloves. Her voice - lovely, soulful and deep - soon filled the room, telling the audience how the ancestors of African-Americans came to these shores not voluntarily as immigrants seeking a better life, but in chains. The woman told the audience she was playing Anna Douglass, who was the first wife of Frederick Douglass - abolitionist, writer, editor, lecturer, ambassador, presidential adviser and, arguably, the most outstanding American of the 19th century.
By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | September 4, 2001
There is no historical marker at the vacant lot near Caroline and Thames streets where Frederick Douglass walked into a store to buy his first book. There are no signs on the white concrete garage on Aliceanna Street or in the parking area across from H&S Bakery on Fleet Street, other Fells Point sites associated with the famous abolitionist. Ellen Frost passes them nearly every day but didn't realize until yesterday that each site was important in the life of Douglass, who spent nearly 10 years in Fells Point before he escaped from slavery in Baltimore and became one of the 19th century's most important human and civil rights activists.
May 5, 2005
The opening ceremony for a new exhibit on Abraham Lincoln is set for 6 p.m. today at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The national traveling exhibition, Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation, looks at Lincoln's views on slavery and how they changed during the Civil War. The central library, at 400 Cathedral St., also plans a series of other free programs in connection with the six-week exhibit, including a living history presentation on...
August 2, 2000
Virginia H. Broady, 76, teacher in city schools Virginia H. Broady, a retired Baltimore City public school educator and former associate professor of mathematics at Coppin State College, died Friday of emphysema at Maryland General Hospital. She was 76. The longtime Forest Park Avenue resident, who taught mathematics at Frederick Douglass Sr. High School for many years, retired in 1992. Earlier, she had taught at Harlem Park, Booker T. Washington and Dunbar middle schools. In addition to her teaching in city schools, Miss Broady was an associate professor of mathematics at Coppin State from 1972 to 1976.
By Elizabeth A. Shack and Elizabeth A. Shack,SUN STAFF | October 7, 2002
Five houses in Fells Point, developed by Frederick Douglass in 1892, will undergo the first step toward becoming Baltimore landmarks tomorrow. The buildings at 516, 518, 520, 522 and 524 Dallas St. were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in the early 1980s. The local designation is long overdue, said Kathleen Kotarba, executive director of the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation. The local designation protects the buildings from being destroyed, she said.
August 31, 2006
THEATER IBSEN'S 'ENEMY' Idealism, character assassination and political suicide are on the docket at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, where Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People opens the 2006-2007 season on Tuesday. Using a translation by Rick Davis (former associate artistic director of Center Stage) and Brian Johnston, the production is directed by Kjetil Bang-Hansen, resident director of Nationaltheatret in Oslo and author of a 1972 book on An Enemy of the People. Joseph Urla stars as idealistic Dr. Stockmann, who expects to be esteemed for his revelation that the local tourist baths are polluted.
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Staff Writer | November 2, 1994
C You may never see young men wearing baseball caps emblazoned with his name. His birthday may never be declared a national holiday. Yet few blacks loom larger over American history than Frederick Douglass, the subject of a 90-minute special on PBS this evening.Born a slave in Talbot County on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Douglass (1818-1895) rose from unimaginable hardship to become a prominent abolitionist, an inspired orator and an early champion of women's rights.Though he remains a giant of 19th century American history whose autobiographies have been required reading for generations, Douglass has never commanded the cultural spotlight the way Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X have.
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