The following note is from Kenneth Morris Jr., the co-founder and president of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives.


As a direct descendant of both Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, the events of these past few months — for me as for so many others — take a particularly personal toll.

My great-great-grandfather, Booker T. Washington, who was born into slavery in the Commonwealth, once said, “I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.” Instead, I dedicate myself to seeing what is possible and investing in supporting people who will carry on my family’s legacy of ensuring that injustice is not only called out, but replaced with opportunity.

That’s why I am proud to support Alison Kiehl Friedman for Congress in Virginia’s 10th District. Alison has spent her life advancing the causes of opportunity and freedom with the creativity and collaboration we need in Washington. Especially now. I’ve worked with her to combat human trafficking and modern slavery at home and around the world and watched her build a reputation as someone who cares deeply and delivers always.

Alison understands, as did my ancestors, that education and freedom are critical to individuals and societies alike and that, when the doors of opportunity are closed for some, we all suffer. She also understands, as stated by my great-great-great-grandfather, Frederick Douglass, that, “The life of a nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.”

There is real work to be done and Alison is the woman to do it. I urge you to join me in supporting her in any way that you can.

Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.


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