African-American Perspective Newsletter

Welcome to the rebirth of the African-American Perspective Newsletter.

portrait of Frederick Douglass

Our mentor and hero is Frederick Douglass, publisher and co-editor of the abolitionist newspaper, the North Star.

We will celebrate his 200th birthday on February 14, 2018. He was born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey in February 1818. The exact date of his birth was not known, he chose February 14th. At 20 years of age, after teaching himself how to read and write, he “stole his body” and escaped to freedom with the help of his wife, a free black woman named Anna Murray. (He changed his name to Douglass later in life.)

He worked the docks of Baltimore harbor, wrote 3 autobiographies, published 2 newspapers, toured the United States and Europe advocating for abolition of slavery, equal rights for ex-slaves and was appointed to high office within the government. He was even nominated as a Vice Presidential candidate!

Learn more about this incredible man at

Thank you Mr. Douglass for showing us the way…

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AAPN – rebirth 2018

After much thought, I decided to revive the African-American Perspective Newsletter. I got a little coaxing from my friend Rev. Awun Sam Hwang. He gave me the nudge I needed to plunge into the publishing business again. Thanks Sam!

First issue March 2007

Above: The first issue of the Newsletter initially entitled An African-American Perspective. From March 2007.