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The Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission

The bill, H.R. 2989, creates the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission 

Statement by the President

Today, I am pleased to sign into law, H.R. 2989, the "Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act", which will create the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission, which will be responsible for planning, developing, and carrying out activities to honor Frederick Douglass on the 200th anniversary of his birth. Our Nation rightly honors the life of Mr. Douglass, a former slave who became an outstanding orator and a leader of the abolitionist movement. I also welcome the participation of the members of the Congress in the valuable work the Commission will perform. 

The Rev. Dean Nelson, chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, a public policy group mostly comprised of Republicans, said the aim of the campaign is the “support of Jack Phillips and all people of faith and conscience who simply want to live their lives, who simply want the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

GOP ‘a party for everyone’

This is an opportunity for us to scream from the rooftops that we are not racists,” Johnson said. “We are the party of freedom. We are the party of Lincoln. We are the party of the Emancipation Proclamation. It’s just that simple.”

Valerie Johnson is vice chairwoman of North Carolina’s chapter of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, an evangelical group that bills itself as “the largest Christ-centered, multi-ethnic and Republican ministry in America.”

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