Tuesday, February 19,  6:30-8:00 p.m., Hartford History Center

As part of the Hartford History Center’s February programming of issues and literature key to African American life, Stan Simpson of Fox CT will lead an informal discussion of the immortal autobiography of black abolitionist and leader Frederick Douglass. The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass was first published in 1845, and is a short, hard-hitting classic by a man who escaped enslavement to become a national and world leader in the fight for black emancipation. Simpson, who was a writer and columnist for The Hartford Courantfor 20 years, currently hosts “The Stan Simpson Show” on Fox CT, and was the founding

director of the Hartford Journalism & Media Academy at Weaver High School in Hartford. The Hartford History Center book discussion, which promises to be a lively and wide-ranging one, is free and open to everyone, but registration is required. To register go to www.hplct.org. Books are available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Hartford History Center (the Center is on the 3rd floor of the downtown library and open 1-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday). Books generously provided by Connecticut Humanities.