Frederick Douglass was the foremost leader of the abolitionist movement that fought to end slavery within the United States in the decades prior to the Civil War. A brilliant speaker, Douglass was asked by the American Anti-Slavery Society to engage in a tour of lectures and so became recognized as one of America’s first great black orators. The Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives provides voices to speak out on social issues, human and civil rights, modern-day slavery and more through a program called, “History, Human Rights and the Power of One.” Along with the survivors of today’s slavery, who is more qualified to comment on these topics than the direct descendants of freedom fighters and slaves?
Robert J. Benz is co-founder of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and a national leader in the anti-trafficking field. He has helped create and develop innovative human trafficking prevention concepts and programs that are beginning to change how we approach the problem. Robert is available for speaking engagements on subjects regarding human trafficking, education, service learning and social justice at conferences, universities and schools across the country.
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