FEBRUARY WAS CHOSEN AS BLACK HISTORY MONTH to include the birth dates of Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and Frederick Douglass (February 14).
After escaping from slavery, Douglass became an abolitionist noted for his brilliantly reasoned anti-slavery writings and his electric oratory. He also supported women’s rights, in fact the rights of all people.The slogan of his newspaper, The North Star, was …. Right is of no Sex – Truth is of no Color – God is the Father of us all, and we are all Brethren.
Lincoln, when he was first elected, favored retaining slavery where it existed while preventing its spread to new states and territories. Douglass met with Lincoln and told him about his youth as a slave. The meeting with Douglass and the events of the Civil War were among thefactors that finally led to Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, declaring freedom for all slaves.
We will do well to honor Frederick Douglass by remembering his words.
23 February 2017