This year is Frederick Douglass’s Bicentennial celebration.
After escaping slavery at the age of 20, Douglass went on to become one of America’s most celebrated abolitionists – tirelessly campaigning against slavery. Beyond his abolitionist work, Douglass was also a politician, writer, feminist, educator, entrepreneur and diplomat.
The Frederick Douglass 200 is a project from The Guardian to honor the impact of 200 living individuals who best embody the work and spirit of Douglass across those areas where he had such an impact – abolitionist, politician, writer, feminist, educator, entrepreneur and diplomat.
The FD200 has been curated and compiled by the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University in Washington DC, and the Guardian is pleased to partner with them to publish this list. Each week, between now and November, we will publish a list of 10 new people who have joined the FD200. All awardees will be honored at the Library of Congress in Washington DC on Douglass’s next birthday, February 14, 2019.
– Kenneth Morris, great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass
Of the 200 names, Rosa Clemente is featured as a writer who is carrying on the lineage of Frederick Douglass, and will be featured in the Library of Congress in 2019.
Rosa Clemente is a political organizer, a hip-hop activist and a scholar of national liberation struggles in the United States. In 2008, Clemente ran as the vice-presidential nominee with the Green party. She is a longtime advocate for Puerto Rican independence and an opponent of American colonial control. She is an independent journalist who has covered topics of Palestinian human rights, police brutality and American imperialism.