Frederick Douglass Civil Rights Festival – History Event via Zoom Sunday November 29th 4pmView the festival launch here Prelude – a speech from Nettie Washington Douglass in America, the great great granddaughter of Frederick Douglass and great granddaughter of Booker T. Washington. Nettie is the co-founder with her son Kenneth B Morris of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives which since its inception in 2007, has been advocating for a more equitable world on the issues of human trafficking and racism. Her greatest pleasure is giving ‘living history’ talks. The Irish Slave Owners, a talk by Margaret Brehony from UCC with a Q&A session. Ireland as a colony suffered penal laws that were inflicted on it’s people & their rights denied. It may be a surprise for us to discover that Ireland & some of it’s people had strong links to slavery in the Caribbean. Dr.Margaret Brehonys researched the entangled history of Ireland & Cuba. In this talk she is demonstrating how the Irish Merchants used trade kinship of the British West Indies to take advantage of the economic revolution in Cuba based on the sugar crop & African slavery. It promises to be a most interesting presentation & discussion of her unique research on the Irish associated with slavery. Short closing talk by Ed Barker who has lived in Wexford for nearly seven years. He was born in 1948 and was brought up in segregated Mobile, Alabama. He creates a unique insight into life just before history was made with the Civil Rights Act in 1964 when Martin Luther King had the eyes of the world on his home State with his revolutionary non-violent protests. *Please note that this event is hosted on Zoom. Bookers will require a computer, tablet or phone with video and audio connections. Please visit https://zoom.us for more information. Zoom details will be emailed to all participants prior to the event.All events are kindly sponsored by Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford County Council, Michael Duggan Photography and Practical Printers.
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