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Treasured Moments In Black History: Frederick Douglass

February 17, 2022
BRIGHT-FM

Hope has a strange way of shining. It’s most evident in difficult times. This is Treasured Moments In Black History.

“Truth is of no color – God is the Father of us all, and we are all brothers” This was the model of The North Star, a newspaper published by abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

Born a slave, his true birthdate is unknown. Most historians think it was around 1818. While on loan to a plantation, Douglass taught slaves to read the Bible. Eventually, over 40 slaves showed up weekly to learn. This angered other slave owners who broke up the lessons with threats and violence.

Douglass eventually became an abolitionist, an orator, and a publisher. He wrote his own autobiography which described the horrors of slavery. Fearing recapture, Douglass fled America and spent two years in Europe on a book tour. Supporters there raised money to buy his freedom, allowing him to return home.

From the paper to his speeches, he never bit his tongue over injustice. In one of his most powerful speeches, he said, “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.”

During the Civil War, Douglass consulted President Lincoln regarding the treatment of Black Union soldiers.

His courage and faith continue to inspire people all around the world.

This Moody Radio production is brought to you by Moody Publishers and their book Say It! Celebrating Expository Preaching
in the African American Tradition
by Eric C. Redmond.

In every generation, God uses ordinary people to accomplish great things!
Treasured Moments in Black History by Moody Radio remembers the people and events in America that have shaped
history and inspired lives. By looking back and highlighting these moments, you will be inspired,
enriched and encouraged in your faith walk to make history for God’s kingdom.

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