Washington, DC – Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, was named as one of the Frederick Douglass 200, a list of those who “best embody the work and spirit of Douglass.” The list, which honors the Douglass bicentennial year, was curated by the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives – founded by Douglass’ direct descendents – and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.
Khera is recognized amongst the “Abolitionists,” who have organized and spoken out against injustice, regardless of risk to their own lives and careers. Her full bio is available here.
The list, which is published in the Guardian, is excerpted below and available in full here:
This year is Frederick Douglass’s Bicentennial celebration. After escaping slavery at the age of 20, Douglass went on to become one of America’s most celebrated abolitionists – tirelessly campaigning against slavery. Beyond his abolitionist work, Douglass was also a politician, writer, feminist, educator, entrepreneur and diplomat.
The Frederick Douglass 200 is a project to honor the impact of 200 living individuals who best embody the work and spirit of Douglass across those areas where he had such an impact – abolitionist, politician, writer, feminist, educator, entrepreneur and diplomat.
The FD200 has been curated and compiled by the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University in Washington DC, and the Guardian is pleased to partner with them to publish this list. Each week, between now and November, we will publish a list of 10 new people who have joined the FD200. All awardees will be honored at the Library of Congress in Washington DC on Douglass’s next birthday, February 14, 2019.
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Farhana Khera is the president and executive director of Muslim Advocates, an organization committed to preserving civil rights through legal advocacy. The organization is one of many working to challenge Trump’s Muslim Ban. Formerly, Khera was a member of Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Property Rights where she wrote the first drafts of the End Racial Profiling Act and fought to challenge the racial and religious profiling within the Patriot Act.
Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths.