Freedom and Justice for All

Freedom and Justice for All

 

The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought life and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me”…If I do forget, if I do not faithfully remember those bleeding children of sorrow this day, [may my right hand forget cunning, and may my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth—Psalm 137:5-6]

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass, July 5, 1852— ”What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

 

For one to go forward, they must look back. As people of African descent, we call that Sankofa. I submit to you that America of 2020 would do well to look into the annals of its complex history to secure an understanding of the present hour and to work toward a brighter future. God has raised persons willing to give their all for the sake of justice and righteousness. Perhaps the greatest orator ever produced within our shores was Frederick Douglass. This internationally renowned abolitionist and orator was invited by President Millard Fillmore to speak on an occasion celebrating the 76th birthday of the nation. Douglass, a fearless debater and public speaker who had one master, God Almighty, used the opportunity not to wax poetically before the high and mighty, but rather to bring some uncomfortable truths to light, in hopes of moving the conscience of the people. Read more…



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