Created in 2008, the Frederick Douglass Medal is awarded by the University of Rochester and its Frederick Douglass
Institute for African and African-American Studies to acknowledge both scholarship and civic engagement that honor the Douglass' legacy.
On September 23, Frederick Douglass medals will be awarded to two men who have continued the famed abolitionist's battle for equal opportunity.
David Kearns, retired CEO of Xerox Corp. and former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education under President George H.W. Bush.
Video: David Kearns
retired research scientist at Eastman Kodak Co., one of the founding members of the Rochester chapter of the National Urban League and Action
for a Better Community, and New York State regent emeritus.
Video: Walter Cooper
The medals will be presented at an inaugural Frederick Douglass Dinner in the Sarah Flaum Atrium at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
The first two Frederick Douglass medals were awarded on April 18, 2008 to Lani Guinier, professor of law at Harvard University, and Gerald Torres, professor of law at the University of Texas at Austin, who presented the 2008 Frederick Douglass lectures.