Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass!

Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass!

February 14, 2013 08:32 PM


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

Fred Morsell, scholar and impersonator; Val J. Halamandaris, NAHC; and 3rd Grade students from Orr Elementary School, Washington, DC, at the Frederick Douglass museum (Capitol Hill) on Thursday, Feb. 14 in celebration of Douglass’ 195th birthday.

Washington, D.C. (February 14, 2013) – Today marks the 195th birthday of Frederick Douglass, notable statesman, author, civil rights advocate and former slave. To mark the occasion of Mr. Douglass’ birthday, NAHC President and founder of the Caring Institute and Frederick Douglass Museum, Val J. Halamandaris issued the following statement:

“Mr. Douglass was the nation’s most eloquent voice for equal rights for all. 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.

In honor of Mr. Douglass’ 195 th birthday, NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris and Fred Morsell, acclaimed scholar and Frederick Douglass impersonator, visited the offices of senators who have a connection to Frederick Douglass. Since Frederick Douglass was a Maryland native, Mr. Halamandaris and Mr. Morsell, dressed as Douglass, visited the offices of Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski. Later in his life, Frederick Douglass lived in Rochester, NY, so the two men also visited the offices of Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Kristen Gillibrand. As a resident of Montana, Mr. Morsell and Mr. Halamandaris also visited the office of Senator Max Baucus during their time on Capitol Hill.

About NAHC

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 33,000 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, and disabled. 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 www.nahc.org.