WXXI Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass Screening

WXXI Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass Screening

Mon, 02/06/2023 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Local Screening Event & Conversation: Previews of Becoming Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom

Join WXXI for a special free preview screening with selections from Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom and Becoming Frederick Douglass followed by a conversation. 

When: Monday, February 6th at 6:30pm ET 

Where: The Little Theatre in Theatre 5 (240 East Avenue, Rochester, NY)

Moderator: Erica Mock, National Executive Director, Frederick Douglass Family InitiativesErica Mock, originally from Ohio and now a resident of Rochester, NY.  She is the National Executive Director for (FDFI) Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, an anti-human trafficking and equity organization founded by the direct descendants of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. She works with administrators, teachers and community to develop a Douglass descendants legacy curriculum, for k-12 schools throughout the city, with future plans to bring it to schools and students overseas. Erica created the historic monuments project that now cover the graves of Anna Murray Douglass and Annie Douglass (Frederick’s first wife and mother of his five children and their ten year old daughter). Erica is the project manager for the Frederick Douglass International Airport Observatory Renovation for arts and education. Erica is honored to participate with FDFI Board members and Senior Advisors in planning for the “Frederick Douglass Museum and Center for Equality, Justice and Knowledge,” which will be a state of the art, international destination right here in Rochester.  Erica is entering her twelfth year with the organization and her second as the National ED.


Richard Newman  is a professor of history at Rochester Institute of Technology and the author or editor of seven books in American and African American history, including Freedom’s Prophet: Bishop Richard Allen, the AME Church and the Black Founding Fathers. He has appeared on both PBS and NPR and has served as Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.   

Note Both Films will re-air in their entirety on February 19th from 1-4 PM on WXXI-TV and https://video.wxxi.org/livestream/  

About the Films: Learn more: Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom and Becoming Frederick Douglass

Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom: Go beyond the legend and meet the inspiring woman who repeatedly risked her own life and freedom to liberate others from slavery. Born 200 years ago in Maryland, Harriet Tubman was a conductor of the Underground Railroad, Civil War scout, nurse, spy, and one of the greatest freedom fighters in our nation’s history.

About Becoming Frederick Douglass: Discover how a man born into slavery in Maryland became one of the most influential voices for democracy in American history. Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Stanley Nelson explores the role abolitionist, orator, social reformer, and statesman Frederick Douglass played in securing the right to freedom and equality for African Americans.

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