Kenneth B. Morris,

Direct Descendant of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington • Keynote Speaker • Founder & President, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives

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“Today I held history in my hands! Your legacy and passion for creating change is an inspiration.” Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. is descended from two of the most important names in American history: he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington. His life until the year 2007 could be described as distinguished yet decisively disengaged from his lineage until Providence called. Ken’s career and life path are driven by a mission to end human trafficking and all forms of servitude with a clear focus

Your remarks were warm and personal as they were thought-provoking. It was a pleasure to learn about your famous ancestors in such an intimate way. Many staff commented afterwards how much they enjoyed your presentation. I appreciate and am grateful that you hit directly on the themes on which we focus in this Project, especially that we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, and that our freedom is the result of their blood and toil.

Mr. Morris has definitely inherited his Great Great Great Grandfather’s oratorical talents and gives a captivating presentation of his family genealogy and history of rising out of slavery to achieve historical accomplishments that have impacted the lives of generations of African-Americans.

Your presentation kept everyone on the edge of their seats. As I spoke with people today, many cited that you gave a history lesson on these two important people but made it real because you lived it. I hope the children in this community will get an opportunity to hear your presentation.

Thank you for sharing your wisdom and your heart with the University of La Verne campus. Your remarks were inspirational and wil be remembered long after the commencement. We look forward to interacting with you in the near future.

I can’t begin to thank you for taking the time to speak with my students. I know you have planted a lot of seeds today and hopefully they will grow and realize they can make a difference in the cause of Modern Day Slavery.

Although you could not see them, we had quite a few faculty members watching and listening to you. Our principal was very impressed. Starting next year, Frederick Douglass will be mandated reading for students grades 8-12.

On behalf of the MLK committee, I want to thank you for your participation in our 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration service. As I m sure you are aware, your message was well-received by those gathered for the service.

It was exciting for the committee to see attendees so engaged with [you] and eager to meet you afterward. We appreciate you taking so much time after the event to engage with those who attended.

Our students and our community are very fortunate to have had an opportunity to hear you speak and to be reminded of the injustices that exist to this day. I continue to be stopped in the hallway and hear many positive comments about your presentation, which was thought provoking and memorable.

Kenneth’s presentation was truly an inspiration to the students in attendance, and it made two historical figures come to life by highlighting their struggles and accomplishments. His program is an invaluable tool for bringing students a unique perspective on history.

Your presentation was very enlightening and inspirational. Your comments regarding modern-day slavery and human trafficking were informative as well and will benefit our agents who investigate federal violations of these matters.

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