Inspiration
What is possible for me is possible for you. ~ Frederick DouglasFrederick Douglas StampFrederick DouglasFor the inspiration of
Frederick Douglass, we give thanks!
     
Frederick Douglass sought to embody three keys for success in life:

  • Believe in yourself.
  • Take advantage of every opportunity.
  • Use the power of spoken and written language to effect positive change for yourself and society.
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It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. ~ Frederick Douglas

Frederick Douglass was an escaped slave, abolitionist, journalist, public servant, & champion of racial and gender equality.

A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing,
but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.
~ Frederick Douglas

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Frederick Douglas
Frederick Douglas

Frederick Douglass was born a slave in February, 1818 in Maryland. Separated from his mother, he was raised by his grandmother until he was six. He was then taken elsewhere on the plantation to work as a slave. At around age eight, he was taken to Baltimore to live as a houseboy with Hugh and Sophia Auld, relatives of his master. There, his new mistress taught him the alphabet. When her husband forbade her to continue her instruction, because it was unlawful to teach slaves how to read, Frederick took it upon himself to learn. He gave away his food to the neighborhood boys in exchange for lessons in reading and writing. At about the age of twelve or thirteen Douglass purchased a copy of The Columbian Orator, a popular schoolbook of the time, which helped him grasp the power of the spoken and the written word. Douglass endured many of the horrors of slavery & escaped at about age 20 by pretending to be a sailor. He wrote a book about his life as a slave & after it was published, he hid in Europe speaking & writing to make the money to buy his freedom back in the states. When he returned, he was a powerful force to abolish slavery & for the rights of women. His newspaper, The North Star was an anti-slavery publication based in Rochester, New York. He was married twice & had five children with his first wife. His 2nd wife was white & 20 years younger than he.He wrote a total of 3 autobiographies.
  Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass was internationally recognized as an uncompromising abolitionist,
untiring worker for justice and equal opportunity, and an unyielding defender of women's rights. He became a trusted advisor to Abraham Lincoln, United States Marshal for the District of Columbia, Recorder of Deeds for Washington, D.C., and Minister-General to the Republic of Haiti.


I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
~ Frederick Douglas
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One and God make a majority.
~ Frederick Douglas


~ And Frederick Douglass said:
-Believe in yourself-

I took advantage of the knowledge of the alphabet Miss Sophia gave me and I went to my neighborhood friends, and with their help I learned how to read.


-Take advantage of every opportunity-
Learning the alphabet gave me the key to reading; I took that key and, with a little help from my friends, learned how to read, thus becoming a free man in my mind.


-Use the power of language to effect permanent positive change-
Through my many speeches about justice, and through my newspaper and other writings, I discovered that the power of the word is the best means to bring about permanent positive changes, both for myself and others.


Listen!
Here is a short biographical narrative of Frederick Douglass:

There are many informational and inspirational
books and web pages on Frederick Douglas; including: http://www.frederickdouglass.org
we thank them for educating us and for the pictures!
Look him up and read, read, read for yourself!

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