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Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) was co-founded in June 2007 by Nettie Washington Douglass, her son Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. and Robert J. Benz. FDFI is an abolitionist organization that combines lessons from the legacies of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington.
The founders represent a remarkable living history. Ms. Douglass and Mr. Morris are direct descendants of Frederick Douglass, the man called "the father of the civil rights movement," and Booker T. Washington, the founder of the Tuskegee Institute. Through the union of Ms. Douglass' mother, Nettie Hancock Washington, and her father, Dr. Frederick Douglass, the founders unite the bloodlines of two of the most important names in American history.
Based on their experience and the opinions of leading experts in the field, the FDFI founders believe that education and awareness are the first steps to ending human trafficking in our lifetime. The organization, therefore, educates the public - especially young people - about this crime.
FDFI advances freedom through education and strategic action.