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Today I’m sharing stories about individuals I found interesting when making discoveries about slavery:

Frederick Douglass – did you know that he was son of a white man? I didn’t – that’s why I’m reading.

John Brown – did you know that he was a white man, who lost both of his sons (and ultimately his own life) standing against slavery?

William Ellison – just in case you thought only white men owned slaves.

Sojourner Truth – did you know she was marched for Women’s Suffrage with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton?

Dred Scott – sued for his freedom and lost, but did you know that his owner’s son paid his legal fees, and later freed him and his wife?

William H. Carney – did you know that this former slaved received the Congressional Medal of Honor, and when he passed, in 1908, Massachusetts flew the flag half-mast — an honor reserved for the governor, senator, congressmen, or president?

Fun_cupcakeI plan to read 30 books this year, that’s 28 more than I read last year. My friend Laura Allen of WOWVA sent me this list! I hope you find something new here to read too!

 

 

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Some people think that “We Shall Overcome” is the Black National Anthem; it is not. The Black National Anthem is “Lift Every Voice and Sing”.

“We Shall Overcome” was written by Charles Albert Tindley.

It is not a marching song. It is not necessarily defiant. It is a promise: “We shall overcome someday. Deep in my heart, I do believe.”

This is a direct quote from this PBS article. And, that word PROMISE just struck me as powerful clarification of the point of this song. “Deep in my heart, I do believe.” Not defiant, but hopeful! This is an example of how you move forward in the face of adversity – You BELIEVE!

 

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Harriet Tubman was a force to be reckoned with, and the bravest person in history – in my opinion. There are many things you can read about her, but this article I found most interesting. I hope you will as well.

 

 

Today’s post is a question for reflection:

I have a friend, who responded to my post yesterday, mention that she’s Jewish, and she shared how she’s taken a similar journey (to the one I’m taking through this Month’s blog posts) discovering the atrocities of the Holocaust. It got me to thinking how what I know about the Holocaust comes from text books, memoirs, historical perspective in movies. Yet, there are no caricatures of the Holocaust; NOT THAT I THINK THERE SHOULD BE.

So, my question is: Why is slavery poked fun at and made into a joke? Why doesn’t IT garnish the same reverence?

Just a thought!

In 1937, Abel Meeropol, a teacher,  wrote the poem “Strange Fruit“. In 1939 Billie Holiday recorded it. I didn’t know anything about this song until very recently. Makes me cry every time I think about the FRUIT.

Take a listen; be warned it will (and should) break your heart.

This post touched my heart today! Garrett Kell is the pastor of Del Ray Baptist Church, and he is just one example of a pastor trying to encourage men to grow in knowledge and understanding to champion the cause of racial reconciliation.

Thank you, Garrett!

If you are curious, here are some of the articles/book titles recommended to him (and yes, some are audibles as well):

*Under Our Skin by Benjamin Watson
*Black Lives Matter the New Civil Rights Movement
*Grace Matters by Chris P. Rice
*Author and Pastor Kevin Blue

Happy reading!