Frederick Douglass, Review of the Man!

By Stephanie Woods-McKinney

While reading a book about one of the most respected, influential, and inspiring abolitionists of the 19th century called “Frederick Douglass: A Novel,” I became extremely curious about the author, Sidney Morrison.

Sidney, whom I like to call by his first name as if we were college graduates, is as impressive in the 21st century” as Mr. Douglass was during his tenure in the early 19th century. century- I wanted to know more about Sidney. As a retired educator, school principal and board member of the California School Administrators Association, an organization run by principals and vice principals. The organization is extremely supportive of the youth and defends their educational, social and economic interests while creating policies for the empowerment and development of students.

“…the first black teacher hired at Torrence High School…”

Although Sidney was an educator, this “Bronze Star” and awarded Army veteran he was also an elected official and served as “State President” from 1998 to 1999, he was able to see the need to tell this historical story as the first black teacher hired at Torrence High School located in California during the 1970s. Sidney’s persistence as a black man in America gives him the right to provide additional details about the life of this historical figure.

Mr. Frederick Bailey (Douglass) is not talked about enough and most educational systems only teach a glimpse of the man, yet his is a vitally important and extremely compelling history of slavery, freedom, leadership, civil rights, or the abolitionist movement. the man should be discussed and his life learned because this man was the pinnacle of our “civil liberties”.

“…loving caring and hardworking father.”

Sidney Morrison provides detailed details regarding the origin ‘Frederick Douglass’-When I read the book, I learned more about the man I thought I knew. The way the story is told is what makes the story, and Sidney tells more than I was ready or open to know. The book not only tells the origin of the ‘revolutionary’, but also goes deep into how it all began and how a life so full and so loving could be narrated by others in the form of a bright black man of liberation without actually showing a fearful, loving caring and hardworking father.

From childhood – to the man I thought I knew, I learned so much in this book that I am ashamed to accept literature that does not tell the whole life of a man who meant so much to my world. Frederick was so much more – learning about his childhood, family life and fatherhood looked at the man, not just a former slave turned liberator.

Related: Pre-order the book here when it comes out on June 18, 2024 on Amazon.

The plot is perfectly framed around each monumental time in his life, giving the reader a deeper explanation of “why and how” he became the character we know. The author has used vocabulary that really digs into time and takes you mentally and visually into history, which keeps you interested more and more. When one mentions the name Frederick Douglass, most think of him as one of our leaders in the Freedom Movement, but after reading the book ‘Frederick Douglass’ Novel, you will know more than you ever imagined. Our inspirational activist was so much more – he was a slave, a husband, a father – and a man!

Stephanie Woods-McKinney

Stephanie Woods-McKinney is a Bronx native who graduated Magna Cum Laude from The College of New Rochelle with a BA in Liberal Arts. He’s a vocal community activist who sits back Community Council #10 in the Bronx; He is co-chair of the Youth and Education Committee and has a deep love for hip hop culture and community activism. Stephanie writes all the time NYCand HarlemShe has also received numerous awards and recognitions and a “Citation of Merit” from Eric Adams for her hip-hop photojournalism. https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-w-2637a229/

Photo credit: 1) Frederick Bailey/Johnson/Douglas(s) legend, The Man! by Stephanie Woods.



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