A Conversation with Frederick Douglass and John Muller

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 10:00am

DC Public Library presents: A Conversation with Frederick Douglass and John Muller! Join the Library in reading this year's DC Reads title, Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia. Travel back in time and learn how Frederick Douglass shaped Washington, D.C.

Thursday November 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM

John Muller is the author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C. : The Lion of Anacostia. John Muller is a library associate at the Washingtoniana Division of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and a Washington-based journalist, historian, playwright and policy analyst. His first book, Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia, won a public vote to be selected as the DC Reads title. Muller is a former reporter for The Washington Times, has contributed to Capital Community News, Greater Greater Washington and other Washington, D.C.-area publications. John is a member of the Historical Society of Washington and a member of the planning committee for the annual D.C. Historical Studies Conference. John is a 2007 graduate of George Washington University, with a degree in public policy.

About the book:

The remarkable journey of Frederick Douglass from fugitive slave to famed orator and author is well recorded. Yet little has been written about Douglass's final years in Washington, D.C. Journalist John Muller explores how Douglass spent the last eighteen years of his life professionally and personally in his home, Cedar Hill, in Anacostia. The ever-active Douglass was involved in local politics, from aiding in the early formation of Howard University to editing a groundbreaking newspaper to serving as marshal of the District. During this time, his wife of forty-four years, Anna Murray, passed away, and eighteen months later, he married Helen Pitts, a white woman. Unapologetic for his controversial marriage, Douglass continued his unabashed advocacy for the rights of African Americans and women and his belief in American exceptionalism. Through meticulous research, Muller has created a fresh and intimate portrait of Frederick Douglass of Anacostia.

DC Reads is a DC Public Library literacy program that promotes reading for pleasure by having citywide celebrations for teens and adults that focus on one book.

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