From The Grio — In case you’ve forgotten, slavery continues to thrive throughout the world- mainly in the form of human trafficking. It’s a pervasive epidemic that few really know much about. That’s why the United Nations set December 2 as the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.
While most Americans are at least somewhat knowledgeable about the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade that disbursed millions of Africans to Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas, the awareness of modern-day slavery has not seemed to reach the mass.
Frederick Douglass, the well-known writer and adviser to President Abraham Lincoln delivered considerable contributions to the abolitionist movement in his time before he died in 1895 around the age of 77. But his death has not erased his legacy.
Under the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation (FDFF), the Nettie Washington Douglass(great-great granddaughter of Frederick Douglass) and Kenneth Morris, Jr. (great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass) have continued the fight against slavery, especially in it’s modern form.
The Foundation joins the United Nations in commemorating the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.
“4,000,000 people in this country were freed from slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation and the ensuing Civil War,” stated Morris, FDFF’s president.