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The central aim of the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice at Linfield College is to promote reflection, discussion, and debate about the rule of law, individual rights, and competing conceptions of justice. We seek to achieve this aim through an interdisciplinary minor in Law, Rights, and Justice (housed in the Department of Political Science), student reading/discussion groups and a lecture, debate, and conference series.

The Forum was named in honor of Frederick Douglass, who escaped from slavery and devoted his nearly six decades in public life to the “mission” of hastening “the day when the principles of liberty and humanity expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States shall be the law and the practice of every section, and of all the people of this great country without regard to race, sex, color, or religion.” At the Douglass Forum, we hope to provide students, faculty, and members of the community with opportunities to witness and participate in serious discussions about how Douglass's mission ought to be carried on today.