Today the Frederick Douglass High School created great community spirit in Upper Marlboro as they gave an energetic and exuberant performance for their homecoming parade. It was a crisp and cool autumn morning; however as the band played, families cheered and there was no complaint about the weather.
The Prince George's County Police Officers were serving the community with traffic directions and assisting the crowd. Officer Leslie was on the job early as the band began to play. Frederick Douglass High School is located on 8000 Croom Road in Upper Marlboro.
Their beliefs are that children come first and all students can learn and develop as productive members of society. The school was named writer, journalist, and orator Frederick Douglass. “The case of Frederick Douglass having been taught by his slave master’s wife is perhaps the best known instance of an owner teaching a slave,” according to John Hope Franklin.
Douglass went on to write The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass in 1845; My Bondage and My Freedom in 1855; and The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass in 1881. He published The North Star newspaper in 1847. Douglass took part in the National Council of Colored People in Rochester, New York in 1853 and became one of the best known abolitionists in the United States of America. Frederick Douglass High School is the first high school for African-Americans in Prince George’s County.
Today the students of Frederick Douglass High School carried his name proudly as FDHS celebrated their homecoming for 2013. “The present FDHS represents the pinnacle of the work and dedication of the parents, students, and teachers that preceded us,” FDHS proclaims.
Frederick Douglass died in 1895; yet, his memory lives on. He was honored with the unveiling of his statue in the United States Capitol this year and on October 22, 2013; he was honored in the Douglass-Lincoln Dinner by the District of Columbia Republican Party at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in D.C.
For more information on the Frederick Douglass High School go to: http://www.pgcps.org/douglass. For more information on the life of Frederick Douglass read John Hope Franklin’s classic work From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans. The present writer served as a consultant to the Eighth Edition of the famous history.