Chesapeake Forum to host Douglass expert David Blight

DAVID W. BLIGHT

EASTON — Yale professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” David W. Blight will discuss Talbot County’s native son on Thursday, Jan. 21.

Blight will be the 2021 Visiting Professor for Chesapeake Forum’s Academy of Lifelong Learning series created in memory of the forum’s founder, John F. Ford.

The live Zoom lecture will take place 4 to 5:30 p.m. The cost for the event, which features a question-and-answer session, is $25.

Blight is Sterling Professor of History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University.

Blight speaks and writes with a deep understanding and appreciation of Douglass’s legacy in his own times, and the present. Blight’s talk will draw past and present together by focusing on some of Frederick Douglass’s key legacies.

Born into slavery in the 19th century near the banks of Tuckahoe Creek, Douglass escaped what could have been a lifetime of bondage to become nationally and internationally renowned as the 19th century’s most famous orator and writer on the abolition of slavery and for the equality of all peoples.

Blight is no stranger to the Eastern Shore, where he has conducted research on Frederick Douglass. In June 2011, the Frederick Douglass Honor Society invited Blight to be the keynote speaker at the dedication of the statue of Douglass on the lawn of the Talbot County Courthouse.

For more information and to register for the lecture, visit chesapeakeforum.org.

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