Douglass Day Press & Publications

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Newspapers, Magazines, and Print Media

“Douglass Day Commemorates The Life and Accomplishments of Frederick Douglass,” The Greyhound of Loyola University Maryland. (February 25, 2024) – link

“Westfield State University students pitch in to digitize Frederick Douglass papers,” MassLive (February 18, 2024). – link

“Frederick Douglass’s 19th century call to action echoes today,” Greenwich Time, Greenwich, CT. (February 17, 2024). – link

“Preserving history and ‘dropping a line’ with Frederick Douglass,” The Dispatch, Columbus, MS. (February 17, 2024). – link

“Douglass Day Transcribe-a-Thon sees full house as UT students show their support during Black History Month,” The Daily Beacon of The University of Tennessee. (February 15, 2024). – link

“Transcription event honors abolitionist,” Altoona Mirror, Altoona, PA. (February 15, 2024). – link

“Penn Libraries holds Douglass Day event to honor Frederick Douglass and Black women in history,” The Daily Pennsylvanian. (February 15, 2024) – link

“Westminster students celebrate life of Frederick Douglass on Valentine’s Day,” Fulton Sun, Fulton, MO. (February 15, 2024). – link

“Fifth Annual Douglass Day Transcribe-a-Thon,” The Wilkes Beacon, Wilkes-Barre, PA. (February 14, 2024). – link

“UF students, faculty help transcribe 8,731 pages for Frederick Douglass Day,” The Independent Florida Alligator, Gainesville, FL. (February 14, 2024). – link

“What Do Valentine’s Day and Frederick Douglass Have In Common?,” Essence, New York, NY. (February 14, 2024). – link

“BHM: Douglass Day Honors Legendary Black Abolitionist,” Front Runner New Jersey (AC Joseph Media), New Jersey. (February 14, 2024). – link

“Douglass Day: Students Make History,” The Greyhound of Loyola University Maryland. (February 27, 2023) – link

“Emory community members honor Mary Ann Shadd Cary’s contributions, celebrate Frederick Douglass Day,” The Emory Wheel of Emory University. (February 15, 2023). – link

“Alfred State celebrates Douglass Day,” The Wellsville (NY) Sun. (February 15, 2023). – link

“Douglass Day transcribe-a-thon digitized archives,” The Brown and White of Lehigh University (February 17, 2023). – link

“Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass,” The Penn Stater. (February 2023). – link

“Celebrate Black History Month with these events in Knoxville,” Knoxville News Sentinel, Knoxville, TN. (February 1, 2023). – link

“Wilkes University community helps to transcribe Black history,” Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, PA. (February 15, 2022). – link

“‘The past does speak’: Dr. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer gives keynote address for Frederick Douglass Day Symposium,” The Michigan Daily. (February 14, 2022) – link

“Conn College celebrates Douglass Day by transcribing Colored Conventions documents,” The Day. (February 13, 2022). – link

“HCC hosting ‘transcribe-a-thon’ honoring Frederick Douglass,” Herald-Mail, Hagerstown, MD. (February 7, 2022). – link

“Juniata College holding celebration in honor of Fredrick Douglass,” WTAJ, Altoona, PA. (February 4, 2022). – link

“Frederick Douglass’ 200th Birthday Invites Remembrance and Reflection,” Smithsonian Magazine. (February 8, 2018). – link


“Transcribe-a-thon at Marquette honors the work of Frederick Douglass,” WUWM 89.7, Milwaukee, WI. (February 10, 2022). – link

“Virtual State College “Transcribe-a-Thon” Preserves The Papers Of Black Activist Mary Church Terrell,” WPSU. (February 11, 2021). – link


“Volunteers type to preserve history at Library of Congress,” The Today Show (NBC), New York, NY. (March 10, 2024). – link

“’Douglass Day’ at New Jersey’s Rowan University helps students learn, preserve Black history,” CBS Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. (February 14, 2024). – link

“Library of Congress celebrates Frederick Douglass Day,” NBC4 Washington – News4, Washington, DC. (February 13, 2024). – link

“MSU celebrates National Frederick Douglas Day, transcribing thousands of his writings for the first time,” WXMI – Fox17, West Michigan. (February 13, 2024). – link

“USM celebrates Frederick Douglass Day by transcribing papers of noted journalist,” WDAM, Hattiesburg, MS. (February 14, 2022). – link

“‘Every single word counts’ – Writing history at Wilkes University,” WNEP/ABC, Wilkes-Barre, PA. (February 15, 2022). – link

“USM hosts Frederick Douglass Day program,” WDAM, Hattiesburg, MS. (February 14, 2022). – link

“Douglass Day 2021 Recap: Celebrating and Preserving Black History,” UMLibrary Blog – Beyond the Reading Room. (February 19, 2021). – link

“UT joins national virtual celebration of Douglass Day,” 10News, Knoxville, TN. (February 9, 2021). – link

The Signal Blog at the Library of Congress

“An Outpouring of Love for Douglass Day 2024,” The Signal: Blog of the Library of Congress. (March 7, 2024). – link

“Show Frederick Douglass some love: Transcribe his letters for Douglass Day on February 14,” The Signal: Blog of the Library of Congress. (January 25, 2024). – link

“Reflecting on the Mary Church Terrell transcribe-a-thon with the Douglass Day team,” The Signal – Blog of the Library of Congress. (August 20, 2021). – link

“Douglass Day Transcribe-a-Thon!” The Signal – Blog of the Library of Congress. (February 11, 2021). – link

Background on Douglass Day

Also see: our History of Douglass Day

“The story behind the Frederick Douglass birthday celebration,” National Constitution Center (February 14, 2024). – link

Morris, Jennifer. “Community Activism and the Origins of Douglass Day in Washington, D.C.” Smithsonian Transcription Center (February 14, 2023). – link

Chambers, Veronica. “How Negro History Week Became Black History Month and Why It Matters Now,” New York Times (February 25, 2021). – link

Shaine Destine and Allison McKittrick, “Douglass Day at UT Libraries,” Volumes Magazines at the University of Tennessee (February 23, 2021) – link

Publications by Douglass Day Collaborators

Murray, Courtney. “Transcribing Terrell: Douglass Day 2021, Black Women, and Community.” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, Feb 16, 2022. – link

Smith, Justin, Courtney Murray, and Jim Casey. “Creating and Recreating Virtual Community on Douglass Day.” Startwords, Princeton Center for Digital Humanities, no. 2, 2021.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

  • 2024 – Dr. Latoya Eaves and Dr. Brandon Winford
  • 2023 – “’We Should Do More and Talk Less’: Mary Ann Shadd Cary at 200,” Nneka Dennie – link
  • 2022 – “”Frederick Douglass and the Politics of Trust: Black Organizing, Black Wealth, and the Failure of the Freedman’s Bank,” P. Gabrielle Foreman
  • 2021 – “Early Black Literary Community and Generational Uplift,” Brigitte Fielder – link
  • 2020 – Dr. Derrick Spires