Co-Founder & President of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
Mr. Morris descends from two of the most influential names in American history: he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington. His mother, Nettie Washington Douglass, is the daughter of Nettie Hancock Washington (granddaughter of Booker T. Washington), and Dr. Frederick Douglass III (great-grandson of Frederick Douglass). His life until the year 2007 could be described as distinguished yet decisively disengaged from his lineage until Providence called. Read More >
The Spirit of Frederick Douglass
Abolition Through Education
Take a living history journey with a direct descendant of two of America's most influential heroes. Mr. Morris gives a dynamic presentation about the history of his family, the pressure he felt growing up in the shadow of his esteemed ancestors, and his work today fighting against modern slavery as President of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives.
The Library of Congress named the Narrative one of the 88 Books That Shaped America. Published in 1845, Frederick Douglass’s first autobiography became an instant bestseller putting his life in danger since he had escaped slavery just seven years earlier. The Narrative helped change the course of the U.S. Abolitionist Movement in the mid-nineteenth century and has been changing the lives of readers ever since. In honor of Douglass’s 200th birthday this year, Ken and his organization, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI), will print and distribute one million hardcover copies of a special Bicentennial Edition of the Narrative to students everywhere.
"Your resent visit to our school had a profound impact among our students. One of my students cherishes your autograph on his backpack. Urban students often lack this support and inspiration, and we are grateful to you and your organization for bringing it here..."
"I enjoyed hearing your remarks and your unique perspective as a descendant of both Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. You have truly carried on their legacy through your efforts to end modern day slavery. Again, thank you for joining us at this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner."
"I cannot express in words how thankful I am that you were able to speak for us at the North Carolina Council for Women’s Living History Symposium. The story you shared about your family history is truly phenomenal and so imperative for our children and community to hear. We have received feedback from participants, principals and community partners affirming the power of your message and its relevance for students and schools."
"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 will 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 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."
"Mr. Morris’ program is truly inspirational and allows students to comprehend the value of service to your fellow man. His lineage is powerful and students came away from the experience with a new understanding of global slavery as well as the impact that one person can make on the world."
"With over 500 guests in attendance, Mr. Morris eloquently spoke to the audience about his lineage and the role his ancestors played in shaping America. He gave a stirring speech that left the entire audience awe-inspired. His visit to the great city of Daytona Beach in May, left guests of the banquet speaking positively about his message even today."