"I would unite with anybody to do right; and with nobody to do wrong."
-Frederick Douglass, 1855
Frederick Douglass- icon, hero, visionary.
He rose up from slavery and became a powerful orator and writer. He was a forceful advocate for minority and women's rights and a successful entrepreneur. After years of working for civil rights, he eventually became the first black Vice-Presidential candidate.
Douglass escaped a life slavery to pursue a life of freedom. He is a reminder to everyone of how courage, integrity and conviction are necessary to fight injustice.
I am extremely excited for this incredible American hero to be honored in Washington, D.C. with a statue dedicated to him in the National Statuary Hall in the Capitol. This is the first statue to represent DC among the states, and to top it off the ceremony is Juneteenth!
June 19th is going to be a historic day celebrating a great man and how far we have come. Thank you Steven Weitzman for making such an amazing sculpture and thank you everyone who petitioned tirelessly to make this moment happen.
It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.
-Frederick Douglass, 1852