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2018 Douglass Day

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As part of Black History Month, the Center for Writing’s Student Writing Support is participating in Douglass Day, a commemoration of writer, orator, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Because Douglass was born into slavery, his birthdate was unrecorded; Douglass himself chose February 14th. Since his death in 1895, “Black communities across the U.S. gathered to celebrate his birthday every year on February 14th. They celebrated, remembered, and protested against the threat of racial violence and attacks on their civil rights.”1

Join us in a nationwide Douglass Day Transcribe-a-thon, a national effort to transcribe documents from the Freedmen’s Bureau Papers archive: as a transcriber, you will help type out historical documents dating back to 1865. By participating, you will contribute to preserving, documenting, and acknowledging a part of American history that is often overlooked, even as it reverberates in systems and structures to this day. This event is sponsored by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian Transcription Center, and the Colored Conventions Project.






Come in anytime between 11am – 2pm on Wednesday, February 14!

Location: Center for Writing’s Student Writing Support (15 Nicholson Hall)

Four iMacs will be available; we also welcome you to bring your own laptop.

Accessible entrances are on the south (Northrop Auditorium) and west (Pleasant Street) sides of the building.

The closest all-gender bathrooms are on the ground floor of Northrop and the basement of Scott Hall.

Download our flyer.

Questions? Contact Katie Levin or Jasmine Kar Tang.