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Re-enactor to portray Frederick Douglass at RC as part of Black History Month activities

Thursday, February 04, 2010  
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For immediate release – 2/4/10
Contact: Rockford College Box Office, 815-226-4100

An actor portraying Frederick Douglass, an important figure in black history, will present a talk at Rockford College February 18, 4 p.m. in the Fisher Chapel.

Steve A. Cole will re-enact Douglass in a portrayal that is free and open to the public. The talk is one of several activities at the college marking Black History Month. 

A native of Freeport, Cole, 55, has spent the past 12 years of his life portraying Douglass. Cole said channeling the late-Civil War era abolitionist and telling the "untold stories of those who fought for the American flag” is something that comes natural to him because of the similarities the men share.

The talk is part of Rockford College’s Forum Series. While admission is free, a ticket is required and may be secured at the college’s box office in the Clark Arts Center. For more, call 815-226-4100. To see the entire Forum Series line-up for the semester, go to

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