Little Known Black History Fact: Frederick Douglass’ 4th of July Speech

Frederick Douglass’ 4th of July Speech

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Frederick Douglass and his stance against the practice of slavery has been documented and discussed at length over the years. A prolific orator and activist, the former slave and anti-slavery movement leader was sought after to speak at a variety of events during his career.

One such speech, “The Meaning Of The Fourth Of July For The Negro,” has been hailed as his most moving work. Douglass delivered the speech on July 5, 1852 in Rochester, N.Y. at the Corinthian Hall, which was an event held by the Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

It appears that Douglass was invited to champion the virtues of America’s independence and how it related to the supposed good fortunes of Black Americans. While Douglass did open his speech seemingly in support of the founding fathers, he shifted the tone radically while expressing his…

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RIP Maya Angelou

To The Phenomenal Women Maya Angelou

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Today a woman I’ve always loved and aspired to be like, passed away. At age 86 Maya Angelou passed from heart problems.

I had the pleasure of listening to her speak almost ten years ago at the Palace Theatre in my home state. A Woman of Influence, wisdom and strength. She turned a painful experience into one of inspiration. Battling silence of being raped at age 7 by her mothers boyfriend. Her silence was awakened by a desire to chase her dreams. And she did just that.

In 7th grade I was exposed to what a “Phenomenal Woman” was. A poem that would influence my life in so many ways. My sophomore year in college I wrote an autobiography on her life, and leaned just how amazing this women she was. Like myself, she had her child at the young age of 17. And did everything in her will to…

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My Exclusive Interview With Author & Poet Trenell Harris On His Latest Book The Silent Voice: Life Lessons through Poetry.

My Exclusive Interview With Author & Poet Trenell Harris On His Latest Book The Silent Voice: Life Lessons through Poetry.

In The Silent Voice: Life Lessons Through Poetry, Author, Trenell Harris takes the reader on a poignant journey through life as experienced through relationships. Each poem chronicles a different stage of a relationship and weaves a tapestry of love from its flirtatious beginning through its destined evolution. Along the way, Harris shares his experience, insight, and wisdom in a warm, down-to-earth style that both comforts and challenges the reader to embrace the lessons that life offers as an unexpected gift. Each chapter offers a poem, followed by a life lesson that reads like a late night heart-to-heart conversation with an older brother or trusted friend. The Silent Voice is a unique collection that offers a male perspective on life and relationships that is empowering, practical, and inspiring.

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