National Association for Home Care & Hospice Celebrates Frederick Douglass’s Birthday

National Association for Home Care & Hospice Celebrates Frederick Douglass’s Birthday

February 10, 2012 03:13 PM


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Barbara D. Woolley
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
(202) 547-7424

WASHINGTON , D.C. (Feb. 10, 2012) – Fred Morsell, scholar and impersonator, keeps the spirit of Frederick Douglass alive through his educational performance of “Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass.” Morsell has brought this performance to over 500 schools and communities nationally since 1988, highlighting Douglass’ keys to success including, believing in yourself, taking advantage of every opportunity and using the power of the written and spoken language to effect positive change for yourself and society. He will be performing for students from Eliot-Hine Middle School at the Frederick Douglass museum (Capitol Hill site) on Feb. 14 at 10:00 a.m. in celebration of Douglass’ 194th birthday.

“Mr. Douglass was the nation’s most eloquent voice for equal rights for all,” said Val J. Halamandaris, the founder of the Caring Institute and the Frederick Douglass Museum and Hall of Fame for Caring Americans. “He fought tirelessly against discrimination on the basis of race, color and gender.” Halamandaris added that Douglass was without peer as an advocate for human rights. He inspired so many men and women, both contemporaries and those who lived after him including: Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Booker T. Washington, Mahatma Gandhi, Hubert H. Humphrey, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Mary McLeod Bethune and Dorothy Height.

The Caring Institute, an affiliate of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, operates the Frederick Douglass Museum and Caring Hall of Fame, located in the heart of Capitol Hill, which was the first Washington, DC, home of the famed statesman in the mid-1870s. In celebration of the caring spirit embodied by Frederick Douglass, the Caring Institute recognizes the historical figure’s birth month during February. This year marks Douglass’ 194th birthday.

Today, the historic property has been restored to its original splendor and reopened as a tribute to caring past and present. It is now home to exhibits honoring its former occupant and the very special people of his spirit who have received a Caring Award. This honor is given each year to the world’s most caring adults and young adults. Like Douglass, they’re committed to doing the right thing on behalf of justice, equality, and human rights. The Museum is available for special events; please call 202-547-4273 or

About NAHC

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a non-profit organization that represents the nation’s 25,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, disabled and dying. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members provide the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect. To learn more about NAHC visit

About Caring Institute

The Caring Institute’s mission is to promote the values of caring, integrity, and public service. It was founded in 1985 by Val J. Halamandaris after a meeting with Mother Teresa, who told him there was a poverty of the spirit seen in the developed world that was much worse than the poverty of the body seen in the third world. When she directed him to do something about it, he founded an awards program that identifies those who give back to society in outstanding ways and then holds them up as role models for all. The Caring Institute is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization and all donations are tax deductible by law.