Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration Events

February 13: Frederick Douglass and the Promise of America - Hillsdale College Kirby Center, Washington DC

An AWC Family Foundation Lecture by Lucas Morel, Professor of Politics, Washington & Lee University

When: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - Registration 6:00pm, Talk 6:30pm


Lucas Morel is professor of politics and head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University. He earned his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. A trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society and former president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, Dr. Morel is a consultant on the Library of Congress exhibits on Lincoln and the Civil War. He is a former member of the scholarly board of advisors for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and he was recently appointed to the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, which will plan activities to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Founding of the United States of America. He is the author of Lincoln’s Sacred Effort: Defining Religion’s Role in American Self-Government and editor or co-editor of Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages, Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to “Invisible Man,” and The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century.

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February 15: Frederick Douglass: His Faith, His Family, Our Future - Family Research Council, Washington DC

FRC Speaker Series by Rev Dean Nelson, Senior Fellow of African-American Affairs, Family Research Council and Colin Hanna, President of Let Freedom Ring. 

When: Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Noon


Reverend Dean Nelson is the executive leader of the Douglass Leadership Institute and the Frederick Douglass Foundation as well as the Senior Fellow of African-American Affairs at Family Research Council. He has worked for other major pro-life and Christian organizations, including CareNet and Global Outreach Campus Ministries. Rev. Nelson also served as part of the Wellington Boone Ministries' senior strategic planning team, which planted ministries in capital cities like Richmond, Va., Atlanta, Ga., Raleigh, N.C., and the greater Washington, D.C. area.  

Dean is an executive leader and organizational consultant with over twenty years of experience in ministry and over ten years in political activism on local, state, and national levels. He is a sought-after speaker for churches, media outlets, and other organizations, giving frequent interviews on ABC and NBC affiliate networks in the Washington, D.C. area and also appearing on the 700 Club, CBN News, and MSNBC. He is also a frequent guest on Christian radio programs including the Bott Radio Network and American Family Radio.  

Rev. Nelson is a licensed minister from Salem Baptist Church and an ordained pastor with Wellington Boone Ministries. He is married to the love of his life, Julia Nelson, who works as a freelance writer. Dean and Julia have three godly children who they are very proud of.

Colin A. Hanna is President of Let Freedom Ring, a public policy non-profit promoting Constitutional government, economic freedom and traditional values. Their newest project is a full-length film: Mr. Douglass -- An American Narrative. Expected release date is 2019.  

Colin has been a regular radio contributor to American Radio Journal (airing on over 200 stations nationwide), Conservative Solutions to Liberal Problems (Salem’s NewsTalk 990 WNTP Philadelphia) and The Morning Matchup with Chris Stigall (Talk Radio 1210 WPHT CBS Philly).  

Colin was a Chester County Commissioner from 1995 to 2003. Television appearances include MSNBC’s Hardball, Fox News Hannity, Glenn Beck, Fox & Friends and many others. Colin graduated from University of Pennsylvania. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and lives in West Chester with Pricie, his wife of 50 years. 

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February 16th: Frederick Douglass: His Life, His Legacy as a Formidable Statesman in America History - Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia

Hosted by Shawn Akers, Dean of the Helms School of Government, Liberty University


Jeremy Hunt contributes to the Douglass Leadership Institute as a Leadership Strategist and assists with the organization’s outreach efforts to youth and young adults. At the invitation of Shawn Akers, Dean of the Helms School of Government at Liberty University, Jeremy will explore the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass as a formidable statesmen in United States History. Jeremy will deliver lectures to undergraduates studying criminal justice class and to several government honors classes as well as meet with students leaders in formal and informal settings. He is a writer and commentator whose articles have been published by The Washington Post, The Star Ledger in New Jersey, The Hill and Fox News. Jeremy has also appeared on Fox News & Friends and Tucker Carlson Tonight. Finally, Jeremy Hunt is an active duty United States Army officer, currently stationed in Georgia. 

February 18th: Frederick Douglass: His Life, His Faith, Our Future - North Star Church, Montgomery Village, Maryland

Hosted by Douglass Leadership Institute.  

Rev. Dean Nelson will deliver a sermon inspired by the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass.  

When: Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 11 AM - Noon PM EST  

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