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Becoming Frederick Douglass Screening & Discussion

October 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Becoming Frederick Douglass Screening & Discussion
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Saturday, October 8, 2022
1pm to 3 pm ET
Free with Museum admission. Registration requested.

Join us for a screening and conversation with cast members from Becoming Frederick Douglass. Produced by Maryland Public Television in association with Firelight Films executive producers Oscar®-nominated Stanley Nelson (Attica, Freedom Riders, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution) and Lynne Robinson, Becoming Frederick Douglass is the story of how a man born into slavery became one of the most prominent statesmen and influential voices for democracy in American history. The documentary explores how Douglass controlled his own image and narrative, embracing photography as a tool for social justice, and the role he played in securing the right to freedom and democracy for African Americans. 

The film was produced and directed by Stanley Nelson and Nicole London. Keith M. Brown and Michael English are the executives in charge of production. Becoming Frederick Douglass was written by Anne Seidlitz. Acclaimed actor Wendell Pierce is the voice of Frederick Douglass in the film. Funding for Becoming Frederick Douglass provided by the State of Maryland and Bowie State University, the oldest Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Maryland.

Guest Speakers:

  • Kenneth B. Morris Jr., Co-Founder & President of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and a direct descendant of Frederick Douglass (appears in film)
  • Nicole London, CoDirector and Producer of Becoming Frederick Douglass and  Co-Director of  Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom


  • Dr. Kaye Whitehead, Host of “Today with Dr. Kaye” on WEAA and founder of the Karson Institute for Race, Peace & Social Justice
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October 8
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm