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FREDERICK DOUGLASS DESCENDANT RELIVES CIVIL WAR TRIBULATIONS
National Geographic Channel’s Mini-Series Civil Warriors Reveals Unexpected Discoveries Atlanta, GA- (April 8, 2011) – Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. is the direct descendant of both Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, but he never felt an ancestor‟s presence so deeply‟ until he retraced the Civil War footsteps of his great-great uncle and Frederick Douglass‟ oldest son, Lewis. Morris is the great-great-great grandson of Douglass and the great-great grandson of Washington.
Civil Warriors premiers Monday, April 11, 2011, at 8 p.m. ET/PT with three back-to-back hours on National Geographic Channel. Morris will appear in the second hour, Civil Warriors: Free at Last at 9 p.m. ET/PT. As the President of the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation, he has more than just a passing interest in slavery and the struggle for freedom. The Frederick Douglass Family Foundation is an Atlanta-based 501 (c) (3) public charity that uses history to help educate students and communities about the growing problem of human trafficking.
“Ironically, it was the National Geographic Magazine article, 21st -Century Slaves that was the catalyst for my decision to establish a foundation and continue my ancestor‟s legacy in fighting for freedom today,” says Morris. The producers of Civil Warriors bring history to life through rarely seen letters, journals and still photographs that are transformed into moving pictures. At the request of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass recruited for the famous 54th Massachusetts Regiment that was depicted in the 1989 film, Glory. His sons Charles and Lewis Douglass were the first recruits for this all Black regiment.
“Being a part of this remarkable experience reemphasized for me the importance of utilizing history to address today‟s issues of human trafficking and modern-day slavery,” states Morris. “On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, this mini-series should be required viewing for the entire family and anyone that values freedom.” Morris is also a highly respected public speaker and commentator. For interview requests or booking inquiries, please contact Julia Derrick of JD Public Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. and the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation visit www.fdff.org or follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
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