Past wordsmiths fight for freedom

Let me share the words of those who have been on this path before from way back when and you look up who you like and share these words from many a yesteryear Ms. Phillis Wheatley asks "Imagination! who can sing thy force?" And in answering her in words so sweetly Jupiter Hammon says "Come, you, Phillis, now aspire" Enslaved David Walker shouts out loud "And yet they are calling for PEACE!-PEACE!" The words from oppressors never changing so Henry Highland Garnet addressed the enslaved of the United States "SLAVERY! How much misery is comprehended in that single word." While #blackboyjoy is in George Horton's last line "Yes! there I shall be blest!" William Wells Brown told us to say it loud, I'm Black and I'm proud "No country has produced so much heroism in so short a time, connected with escapes from peril and oppression, as has occurred in The United States among fugitive slaves..." And as my man Frederick Douglass said "I am anxious to irritate the American people on this question."

Phillis Wheatley (?1753-1784) On Imagination

Jupiter Hammon (?1720-1800) From David Walker's Appeal: Preamble

Henry Highland Garnet (1815-1882) An Address to the Slaves of the United States of America

George Horton (c.1800-c.1880) Slavery

William Wells Brown (1815-1884) From Clotel, or the President's Daughter: Chapter XIX Escape of Clotel

Frederick Douglass (1817-1895) The Right to Criticize American Institutions


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