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Anna Murray Douglass Awards 08.04.21

The Anna Murray Douglass Award was established in 2020 to recognize greater Rochester, NY Black womxn and Black womxn led organizations who make significant contributions to the well-being and liberation of Black people in the community. And who through their good works walk in the legacy of foremother Anna Murray Douglass.

The 2021 Anna Murray Douglass Award recipients are as follows:

Rev. Myra Brown (Spiritus Christi Church/Civil Rights Leader)

Michelle Daniels (Frederick Douglass legacy educator& advocate/Philanthropist)

Free the People ROC (Black Lives Matter/Abolition Activists)

Tiffany Porter (Founder of Black in the ‘Burbs)

21st Century Arts Inc., producer of the awards, is proud to welcome these esteemed womxn to join the inaugural cohort of 2020 recipients, who included Flower City Noire Collective, Akoma Choir, and Ruth Anderson.

The Anna Murray Douglass Awards will be held at The Black House (215 Tremont Street, Door 3/Floor3, Rochester, NY 14608) on August 4, 2021 – from 5-8 pm. Although admission is free, space is limited and registration is required. To register to attend go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/162092650481. For more information, contact Rachel DeGuzman at 585.704.0983 or rdeguzman@21stcenturyartsinc.org.

The recipients will each receive the award statue, “The Anna”, which was designed and created specifically for the Anna Murray Douglass Awards by artists Cheryl and Don Olney.

About Anna Murray Douglass:

Among her many contributions, Anna Murray Douglass was an American abolitionist, philanthropist to anti-slavery causes, and member of the Underground Railroad where she helped to assist hundreds of formerly enslaved people to freedom. She was also the first wife of Frederick Douglass, from 1838 to her death in 1882. As their daughter Rosetta Douglass Sprague said in a published tribute to her mother, “My Mother as I Recall Her,” Frederick Douglass’ significant contributions to humanity would not have been possible without Anna Murray. For more information about Anna Murray Douglass, go here https://540westmain.org/another-look-at-anna/.