The Frederick Douglass Institute for African-American studies was founded in 1986. The institute offers programs for both graduate and undergraduate students. The institute also offers various fellowships and awards to encourage study. One such award is the Frederick Douglass Prize, which is offered to the best undergraduate research paper based in African and African-American studies. They also offer various speakers and events throughout the year. This is in the memory of Frederick Douglass and the work he did in the furtherment of African-American rights.
The institution has had a long history. There was a previous failed attempt to create an African and African-American studies program previously in 1969. The current program took a break in 1998 and was brought back in 1999 after student demand.
This entry is part of a public history project developed by the RIT Museum Studies program in celebration of the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’s birth (February 1818). The Frederick Douglass Insitute is part of the University of Rochester. See http://www.sas.rochester.edu/aas/about/index.html.