REP. ADRIANO ESPAILLAT RECOGNIZES THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS DURING THE BICENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY OF HIS BIRTH

February 14, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in recognition of abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass on the bicentennial anniversary of his birth:

“I was proud to vote in support of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act that created programs to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass during the 200th year anniversary of his birth,” said Rep. Espaillat. “Throughout this month, multiple events will be held in New York to Washington, D.C. to celebrate his legacy and continue awareness of leadership as one of the nation’s most influential historic figures.

“A leader of the abolitionist movement, Frederick Douglass was a pioneer for African-Americans, women, Native Americans and immigrants alike. His influential ideologies continue to serve as a beacon to freedom today in our ongoing efforts to ensure justice, equality, and civil rights for all.”

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his first term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.

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