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Nazareth Professor Honored with Appointment to the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission

Published December 11, 2017

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has named David Anderson, visiting professor at Nazareth College, to the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission. The national commission was created in November  to organize events and celebrations regarding the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’ birth.

Anderson, a visiting community scholar from the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education at Nazareth College, has spent much of his academic focus on Frederick Douglass and his family--a few of whom still reside in Rochester. "We are trying to make sure that we have a voice that is for Frederick Douglass, but also make sure that his family is better known and recognized. It is the family that helped to make him the man that he was and the important historical figure that he became," said Anderson. "Hopefully this appointment will give me the chance to advance that cause. Frederick Douglass, his wife, and his five children resided in Rochester, New York longer than any other place in their existence."

Anderson chairs the Rochester/Monroe County Freedom Trail Commission, which helped in organizing and convening the four day “Frederick Douglass International Underground Railroad Conference and Festival” in Rochester in 2007. Also, Anderson collaborated with Nazareth professors Timothy Kneeland, Marie Watkins, and Tim Wieder in guiding students in production of an Underground Railroad exhibit.  The ten-panel mobile exhibit debuted at the 2007 conference.  

“This commission will immortalize a Rochester civil rights hero who fought his entire life for the emancipation, equality, and dignity of every American at a time when our democracy was far from perfect,” said Senator Schumer, who also announced that the commission would host a meeting in Rochester this coming year.

Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,200 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.