👋 4th Of July fast approaching, I am Vividly reminded of this speech: “What to the Slave Is The Fourth Of July?” ~ Interested to hear your thoughts?

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“ What To The Slave Is The Fourth Of July ”
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Frederick Douglas delivered this speech in Corinthian Hall, Rochester, New York, addressing the Rochester to the Lady’s Anti Slavery Society. July 5th. 1852.

-76 years after the sighing of the Declaration of Independence. July 4, 1776.

-14 years after he himself - With the help of his fiancée - had escaped slavery. September 3, 1838.

Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, renown for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings. Widely referred to as - by blacks and whites alike -
“The Prophet Of Freedom”

-Born: February 1818, Cordova, MD.
-Died: February 20, 1895, Washington, D. C.

... "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. This Fourth Of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn”...

https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/speeches-african-american-history/1852-frederick-douglass-what-slave-fourth-july/
👋 4th Of July fast approaching, I am Vividly reminded of this speech: “What to the Slave Is The Fourth Of July?” ~ Interested to hear your thoughts?
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