From Slave to Statesman: The Life and Legacy of Frederick Douglass

March 13, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Il Fornaio Restaurant

400 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA

Born into slavery in 1818, Frederick Douglass rose to become one of the nation’s foremost intellectuals―a statesman, author, lecturer, and scholar who helped lead the fight against slavery and racial oppression. Unlike other leading abolitionists, however, Douglass embraced the U.S. Constitution, insisting that it was an essentially anti-slavery document and that its guarantees for individual rights belonged to all Americans, of whatever race.

Join the Sacramento Chapter of America’s Future Foundation for an evening of networking and conversation with Timothy Sandefur, the author of the new Cato Institute book, Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man. Tim will discuss the importance of Douglass’s legacy–a necessary conversation at a time when race relations and identity politics are at the forefront of our national discussion.


6:00-6:45 Networking reception

6:45 Remarks and discussion with Tim Sandefur

7:30-8:00 Continued networking and socializing


*Wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. This event is open to guests age 21-40.

*Free parking at the Wells Fargo Center will be provided and validated by Il Fornaio upon request. The entrance to the parking garage is located off of 4th Street on the west side of building.

*Copies of Tim’s book Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man will be available for purchase at the event.

*Free early-bird registration is limited, so don’t wait!

Timothy Sandefur is Vice President for Litigation at the Goldwater Institute. Before joining Goldwater, he served for 15 years as a litigator at the Pacific Legal Foundation in Sacramento, where he won important victories for economic liberty in California, Kentucky, Missouri, Oregon, and other states, and participated in many significant eminent domain cases, including Kelo v. New London. His books include The Right to Earn a Living: Economic Freedom and the Law (Cato Institute, 2010), The Conscience of the Constitution (Cato Institute, 2014), and The Permission Society (Encounter Books, 2016).