An Evening with Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.

Kenneth B. Morris, the 3rd great grandson of Frederick Douglass & the 2nd great grandson of Booker T. Washington is coming to Saint Louis to help celebrate The 5th Annual Saint LAAA FaB --BLACK PRIDE DAY.

He is speaking at the Missouri History Museum on August 17, 2018 (Marcus Garvey's birthday) & at the festival.

August 17, 2018,  7:00pm - 9:00pm (Doors oprn at 6:30pm)

Missouri History Museum -  (MacDermott Grand Hall)

5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112 

Mr. Morris is also participating in Black Pride Restoration and Uplifting African American’s Culture, a panel discussion.

August 18, 2018, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm 14th Street Artist Community

2701 N. 14th Street, Saint Louis, MO, 63106

Crown Square Plaza in the Historic Old North Saint Louis Neighborhood.


Kenneth Morris Jr.

Co-Founder & President, 

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives

Mr. Morris descends from two of the most influential names in American history: he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington. His mother, Nettie Washington Douglass, is the daughter of Nettie Hancock Washington (granddaughter of Booker T. Washington), and Dr. Frederick Douglass III (great-grandson of Frederick Douglass). Ken’s life until the year 2007 could be described as distinguished yet decisively disengaged from his lineage until Providence called.

Ken continues his family’s legacy of anti-slavery and educational work as cofounder and president of the Atlanta-based nonprofit Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI). His career and life path are driven by a clear focus on FDFI’s mission“[t]o Advance Freedom through Knowledge and Strategic Action.” He could not have predicted that one day he would so fully embrace and be defined by the characteristics that so closely defined his famous ancestors.

FDFI brings the guidance of history to the fight against modern forms of slavery. As part of the present-day abolitionist movement, FDFI educates young people about all forms of forced servitude and inspires them to action. Current FDFI projects include PROTECT, a partnership with two California-based nonprofit organizations, 3Strands Global and Love Never Fails, to provide grade-level appropriate, state standard-compliant human trafficking prevention education to thousands of California schoolchildren from grade school to high school and the One Million Abolitionists project, which with a wide range of partners including the National Park Service, educational institutions, community organizations, and individuals will print and distribute one million copies of a special Bicentennial edition of Frederick Douglass’s first autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, to young people across the country through the 2018 celebration of the bicentennial of Douglass’s birth.

Ken received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of La Verne in California in January 2012. In June 2012, he received the inaugural National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom’s Frederick Douglass Underground Railroad Legacy Award in recognition of his commitment to promoting social change through activism that addresses contemporary social issues. In January 2014, Ken was the first man to be awarded the Women’s E-News 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism. In April 2016, he received the Anne Frank Change the World Award from the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights and in November 2017, he received the National Association of African American Honors Programs Legacy Keeper Award. In 2018, Ken has received awards including the Award for Excellence from Washington College, Wind Beneath My Wings from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the Frederick Douglass Medal from the Douglass Institute for African & African-American Studies at the University of Rochester.

Ken is a director of the Frederick Douglass Ireland Project and an Ambassador for the nonprofit organization Human Rights First. In November 2017, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi named him to the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission. 

Ken received a B.A. in Religion degree from the Ecumenical Center for Black Church Studies at the University of La Verne. He strongly believes, as did Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, that education is the pathway to freedom.