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Mind of the Week

“I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”  Frederick Douglass is one of America’s true revolutionaries.  He fought fiercely with his eloquence against the organized inequalities of his fellow man.  He was taught to read at age 12 by the wife of the man holding him in bondage. Furious, his “master” lectured his wife and Frederick on why “if a slave learned to read, he would become dissatisfied with his condition and desire freedom.” Ever active, at 21 he legally obtained his freedom and began a distinguished career as writer, editor, activist, statesman, and humanitarian. At the time of his speech he was an ex-US minister to Haiti.  This sample of Douglass’s mind is from a speech he gave January 2nd, 1883 and can be found in its entirety at  http://www.webster.edu/~corbetre/haiti/history/1844-1915/douglass.htm  A special thanks to Alayn’s blog as this wonderful speech may have completely avoided our radar.