“Freedom Struggles Weekend”

Written by Vincent Haynes

On Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 12 noon The House of The Lord Church located at 415 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y., Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry, Pastor, in collaboration with Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance Center for the Study of History, Culture and Social Movements, the National Religious Leaders of African Ancestry Concerned about Dar-fur, along with the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, Polytechnic University and The Forest City Ratner Companies began Freedom Struggles Weekend, a four-day educational experience focusing on Southern Segregation to Sudan Savagery and the life and contributions of Frederick Douglass. Guest speakers included Veteran Civil Rights Leader and former Special Assistant to the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Rev. Dr. Fred Shuttlesworth. At 2:00 PM Rev. Daughtry gave a comprehensive update on the situation in Dar-fur which was followed by personal experiences reports from native Darfurians.

On Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 5:00 PM The House of The Lord Church celebrated and paid tribute to famous abolitionist, orator and educator, Frederick Douglass , our hero. “The great-grandson of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass IV and his wife, BJ gave a wonderful artistic re-enactment of his life as a slave and the journey to freedom. The sanctuary was filled with people from all over the tri-state area. Songs were lifted up in praise. It was a wonderful, soul stirring and educational event. The presentation informed the audience about the struggle our ancestors endured to make a better world for themselves and generations to follow.

On Monday, February 12, Frederick Douglass IV and his wife addressed the general assembly of two schools in Brooklyn. These schools are located in Bed/Stuy and Brownsville and were named in honor of Frederick Douglass. A luncheon was hosted by Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, which is the former site of the African Wesleyan Methodist Episcopal Church (1854-1938) and the first Black congregation (now called Bridge Street AWME Church). Later in the evening, at 7:00 PM, Mother AME Zion Church, located in the village of Harlem, pastored by the Rev. Dr. Gregory Smith, hosted a wonderful program.

On Tuesday, February 13, starting at 9:00 AM there were brief ceremonies beginning at the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims in Brooklyn, the African Burial Ground and the Manhattan Pier to call attention to a marker, placed by the NYC Landmarks Commission, at the suggestion of the Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry. The day’s events were culminated by a special reception at City Hall hosted by Councilman Alan Gerson. Each day began with prayer and continental breakfast at the House of the Lord Church. This Black History Month program was truly a rewarding and inspiring experience for all participants and observers.

0580 -- Rev. Dr. Fred Shuttlesworth Speaking

0642 -- Rev C Herbert Oliver -- Rev. Dr. Fred Shuttlesworth -- Rev Herbert Daughtry

0743 -- Simon Dengo -- Deborah Karima -- Rev Herbert Daughtry -- Yahya Osman -- Ali Fredle -- and Ahnal Ali

0197 -- The House of The Lord Choir

0304 -- B J and Frederick Douglass IV -- A presentation

0060 -- First stop on monday was the The Frederick Douglass Academy VII in Brownsville , where Frederick and B J Douglass I V spoke to the youth

0246 -- Frederick Douglass IV makes a presentation to the Principal Tamika Matheson

0532 -- the night stop was at the Mother AME Zion Church, located in the village of Harlem where Dr. Adelaide Sanford Vice Chancellor of the State Board of Regents was key note Speaker

0412 -- B J Douglass -- Rev Herbert -- Dr. Adelaide Sanford -- Frederick Douglass IV -- Rev. Dr. Gregory Smith, hosted standing at the Original podium where Frederick spoken and preach from

0055 --Frederick Douglass and his wife B J are siting in the original pruee at the Plymouth Church in Downtown Brooklyn where his Great - Great Grandfather spoke and attended

0083 -- Some of the Students that were on the tour

0106 -- Frederick Douglass IV at the Africa Buriel Ground

0181 -- the group held a Libration Cermony at the Africa Buriel Ground

0240 -- the site where Frederick Douglass came on to New York soil as a freeman

0328 -- Frederick Douglass and his wife B J Recieve a proclamation from Councilman Alan Gerson as Rev Karen S Daughtry and Rev Herbert Daughtry look on0034 -- Frederick Douglass IV -- Rev Herbert Daughtry B J Douglass and Peggy Washington



Celebration and Tribute to Our Hero Frederick Douglas

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