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slavery: <p>Black history month day 14: social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman Frederick Douglas.</p> <p>Frederick Douglas was born a slave in Maryland in February of 1818. It is likely that his father was also his first master. He celebrated his birthday on February 14, although there is no official record of his date of birth. He was taught the basics of reading by his master&rsquo;s wife, but her husband discouraged it believing that an education would draw slaves to want freedom. Douglass later insisted that education was the pathway to freedom, and his eloquence stunned many people and challenged the idea that blacks were not capable of being educated enough to enter society as free citizens. In fact, Douglass was so well spoken that many accused him of having never been a slave.</p> <p>Douglass wrote several autobiographies. Describing his experiences as a slave. His 1845 autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, became a bestseller and was influential in promoting the cause of abolition, as was his second book, My Bondage and My Freedom (1855). </p> <p>After the Civil War, Douglass remained an active abolitionist as well as a women&rsquo;s suffragist. He was active in the Republican Party. Douglass became the first African American nominated for Vice President of the United States as the running mate and Vice Presidential nominee of Victoria Woodhull, on the Equal Rights Party ticket. </p> <p>After escaping slavery, Douglass married a free black woman, Anna Murray and the two remained married for over 40 years and had several children. After Anna died, Douglass remarried to a white feminist and abolitionist named Helen Pitts. Though interracial marriage was certainly rare at the time, Pitts and Douglass were quite in love and paid no mind to detractors, many within their own families. Douglass responded to the criticisms by saying that his first marriage had been to someone the color of his mother, and his second to someone the color of his father.</p>
slavery: <p>Black history month day 14: social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman Frederick Douglas.</p>

<p>Frederick Douglas was born a slave in Maryland in February of 1818. It is likely that his father was also his first master. He celebrated his birthday on February 14, although there is no official record of his date of birth. He was taught the basics of reading by his master&rsquo;s wife, but her husband discouraged it believing that an education would draw slaves to want freedom. Douglass later insisted that education was the pathway to freedom, and his eloquence stunned many people and challenged the idea that blacks were not capable of being educated enough to enter society as free citizens. In fact, Douglass was so well spoken that many accused him of having never been a slave.</p>

<p>Douglass wrote several autobiographies. Describing his experiences as a slave. His 1845 autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, became a bestseller and was influential in promoting the cause of abolition, as was his second book, My Bondage and My Freedom (1855). </p>

<p>After the Civil War, Douglass remained an active abolitionist as well as a women&rsquo;s suffragist. He was active in the Republican Party. Douglass became the first African American nominated for Vice President of the United States as the running mate and Vice Presidential nominee of Victoria Woodhull, on the Equal Rights Party ticket. </p>

<p>After escaping slavery, Douglass married a free black woman, Anna Murray and the two remained married for over 40 years and had several children. After Anna died, Douglass remarried to a white feminist and abolitionist named Helen Pitts. Though interracial marriage was certainly rare at the time, Pitts and Douglass were quite in love and paid no mind to detractors, many within their own families. Douglass responded to the criticisms by saying that his first marriage had been to someone the color of his mother, and his second to someone the color of his father.</p>

<p>Black history month day 14: social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman Frederick Douglas.</p> <p>Frederick Douglas...

slavery: We African Nations 9 hrs. Wow Rwanda lawmakers approve Swahili as the official Language of the country, dropping french completely. Rwanda lawmakers approve swahili as the official Language of the country, dropping french weafriquenations.com This made me smile :) repost @thepanafrican Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds. For those saying that English, French and other Eurpoean languages are necessary because of globalisation I say I will accept that when they are made to learn African languages as well. England is a country and it's language is English.. France is a country and it's language is French etc. So if you speak it and you're not English or French etc, then just like me you are from a conquered people. When French, English, Italian Portuguese etc people come to Africa guess why they don't need to learn or know our languages? Because we were conquered by them and we speak theirs. It's time to balance the scale. Let them speak ours too. Too often I see African people making fun of each other for not speaking proper English or French, but I'm yet to see someone made fun of for not speaking Igbo or "proper Igbo ". The same way non western language speakers are made to feel like they're from another planet the same must occur on the other side. Globalisation makes it vital to know different languages indeed but those languages that we MUST know should not only be European languages, there a tens if not hundreds of thousands of languages spoken all over the world. Why is European languages the standard? who made it thus? Why is it so one sided? All western "powers" are empowered by African resources, they all come to our shores. It's time they learn how to deal with us on our terms. chakabars
slavery: We African Nations
 9 hrs.
 Wow Rwanda lawmakers approve Swahili as the
 official Language of the country, dropping french
 completely.
 Rwanda lawmakers approve swahili as the official
 Language of the country, dropping french
 weafriquenations.com
This made me smile :) repost @thepanafrican Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds. For those saying that English, French and other Eurpoean languages are necessary because of globalisation I say I will accept that when they are made to learn African languages as well. England is a country and it's language is English.. France is a country and it's language is French etc. So if you speak it and you're not English or French etc, then just like me you are from a conquered people. When French, English, Italian Portuguese etc people come to Africa guess why they don't need to learn or know our languages? Because we were conquered by them and we speak theirs. It's time to balance the scale. Let them speak ours too. Too often I see African people making fun of each other for not speaking proper English or French, but I'm yet to see someone made fun of for not speaking Igbo or "proper Igbo ". The same way non western language speakers are made to feel like they're from another planet the same must occur on the other side. Globalisation makes it vital to know different languages indeed but those languages that we MUST know should not only be European languages, there a tens if not hundreds of thousands of languages spoken all over the world. Why is European languages the standard? who made it thus? Why is it so one sided? All western "powers" are empowered by African resources, they all come to our shores. It's time they learn how to deal with us on our terms. chakabars

This made me smile :) repost @thepanafrican Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds. For those say...

slavery: <p>Black history month day 9: human rights activist, abolitionist, and speaker Sojourner Truth.</p> <p>Sojourner Truth was born born Isabella β€œBell” Baumfree around the year 1797. She was born into slavery in Ulster County, New York. In 1826, Truth escaped slavery with her infant daughter. Two years later she went back and sued for the custody of her son, a suit she actually won becoming the first black woman to win a case against a white man. She later described her escape β€œI did not run off, for I thought that wicked. But I walked off, believing that to be right.”</p> <p>In 1843 she became convinced that God has called her to leave the city and go into the countryside β€œtestifying the hope that was in her.”, and thus changed her name from Isabella Baumfree to Sojourner Truth. In 1851 at the Ohio women’s rights convention, Truth delivered her famous speech β€œAin’t I a Woman?”. According to some reports, the speech known today is actually a rewritten variant of her original speech written in a stereotypical southern dialect, as in actuality the NY native Truth’s first language was Dutch and she spoke with a Dutch accent for the remainder of her life. During the Civil War Truth helped recruit forces for the Union army. She remained very active in abolition and other human rights causes, and despite her illiteracy, she toured around with conventions giving speeches and even meeting president Abraham Lincoln. </p>
slavery: <p>Black history month day 9: human rights activist, abolitionist, and speaker Sojourner Truth.</p>

<p>Sojourner Truth was born born Isabella β€œBell” Baumfree around the year 1797. She was born into slavery in Ulster County, New York. In 1826, Truth escaped slavery with her infant daughter. Two years later she went back and sued for the custody of her son, a suit she actually won becoming the first black woman to win a case against a white man. She later described her escape β€œI did not run off, for I thought that wicked. But I walked off, believing that to be right.”</p>

<p>In 1843 she became convinced that God has called her to leave the city and go into the countryside β€œtestifying the hope that was in her.”, and thus changed her name from Isabella Baumfree to Sojourner Truth. In 1851 at the Ohio women’s rights convention, Truth delivered her famous speech β€œAin’t I a Woman?”. According to some reports, the speech known today is actually a rewritten variant of her original speech written in a stereotypical southern dialect, as in actuality the NY native Truth’s first language was Dutch and she spoke with a Dutch accent for the remainder of her life. During the Civil War Truth helped recruit forces for the Union army. She remained very active in abolition and other human rights causes, and despite her illiteracy, she toured around with conventions giving speeches and even meeting president Abraham Lincoln. </p>

<p>Black history month day 9: human rights activist, abolitionist, and speaker Sojourner Truth.</p> <p>Sojourner Truth was born born Isa...

slavery: <p>Black history month Day 7: American botanist and inventor George Washington Carver.</p> <p>George Washington Carver was born a slave sometime in the 1860s, his exact date of birth is unknown. His master was Moses Carver, a German immigrant who had purchased George’s parents for $700. When George was only a week old, he, a sister, and his mother were kidnapped by night raiders from Arkansas to be sold in Kentucky. Moses Carver hired someone to retrieve them but he was only able to save baby George and his older brother James, who had been saved from the kidnapping.</p> <p>After slavery was abolished, Moses and his wife basically adopted George and his brother James and raised them as their own, encouraging George’s intellectual pursuits and teaching him to read and write. Since black children were not allowed to be educated in the local school, George traveled to the school for black children 10 miles south and rented a room in that area to continue his education. He was determined to learn all he could in order to give back to people.</p> <p>George was originally accepted at Highland College in Kansas, but was turned away once they discovered his race. Undeterred, George homesteaded some land where he started a small conservatory of plants, manually plowed over 16 acres of land, and worked as a ranch hand and other odd jobs. Eventually he received a $300 loan for his education, and begin studying art and piano at Simpson College. When his teacher noticed how skilled he was at painting plants, she urged him to pursue botany and he was accepted to Iowa State Agricultural College as their first black student. Eventually he took it one step further and became Iowa State’s first black faculty member after earning his masters.</p> <p>Carver focused his efforts on developing alternative crops to cotton, hoping to better the lives and livelihood of poor farmers. He taught people how to grow things like sweet potatoes and peanuts, and came up with many different uses for this produce. He also taught naturally sustainable ways for rejuvenating nutrient depleted soil and getting the most out of your crops. He received numerous honors for his work in environmentalism, including the Spingarn Medal of the NAACP. His success in scientific fields gained praise across racial barriers, with TIME Magazine once calling him β€œthe black Leonardo”. Carver was even publicly admired by President Theodore Roosevelt.</p>
slavery: <p>Black history month Day 7: American botanist and inventor George Washington Carver.</p>

<p>George Washington Carver was born a slave sometime in the 1860s, his exact date of birth is unknown. His master was Moses Carver, a German immigrant who had purchased George’s parents for $700. When George was only a week old, he, a sister, and his mother were kidnapped by night raiders from Arkansas to be sold in Kentucky. Moses Carver hired someone to retrieve them but he was only able to save baby George and his older brother James, who had been saved from the kidnapping.</p>

<p>After slavery was abolished, Moses and his wife basically adopted George and his brother James and raised them as their own, encouraging George’s intellectual pursuits and teaching him to read and write. Since black children were not allowed to be educated in the local school, George traveled to the school for black children 10 miles south and rented a room in that area to continue his education. He was determined to learn all he could in order to give back to people.</p>

<p>George was originally accepted at Highland College in Kansas, but was turned away once they discovered his race. Undeterred, George homesteaded some land where he started a small conservatory of plants, manually plowed over 16 acres of land, and worked as a ranch hand and other odd jobs. Eventually he received a $300 loan for his education, and begin studying art and piano at Simpson College. When his teacher noticed how skilled he was at painting plants, she urged him to pursue botany and he was accepted to Iowa State Agricultural College as their first black student. Eventually he took it one step further and became Iowa State’s first black faculty member after earning his masters.</p>

<p>Carver focused his efforts on developing alternative crops to cotton, hoping to better the lives and livelihood of poor farmers. He taught people how to grow things like sweet potatoes and peanuts, and came up with many different uses for this produce. He also taught naturally sustainable ways for rejuvenating nutrient depleted soil and getting the most out of your crops. He received numerous honors for his work in environmentalism, including the Spingarn Medal of the NAACP. His success in scientific fields gained praise across racial barriers, with TIME Magazine once calling him β€œthe black Leonardo”. Carver was even publicly admired by President Theodore Roosevelt.</p>

<p>Black history month Day 7: American botanist and inventor George Washington Carver.</p> <p>George Washington Carver was born a slave...

slavery: <p>Black history month day 6: Olaudah Equiano.<br/></p> <p>Olaudah Equiano, also known as Gustavus Vaasa, was a prominent African in London. He was a freed slave who supported the British movement to end the slave trade. His autobiography, published in 1789, helped in the creation of the Slave Trade Act 1807 which ended the African trade for Britain and its colonies. Equiano was part of the Sons of Africa, an abolitionist group composed of prominent Africans living in Britain, and he was active among leaders of the anti-slave trade in the 1780s.</p> <p>Equiano’s book, β€œThe Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African”, is one of the earliest-known examples of published writing by an African writer to be widely read in England. By 1792, it was a best seller: it has been published in Russia, Germany, Holland, and the United States. It was the first influential slave narrative of what became a large literary genre. Equiano’s experience in slavery was quite different from that of most slaves as he did not participate in field work. Rather, he served his owners personally and went to sea, was taught to read and write, and worked in trading. Even after his freedom he continued to be an explorer and travel extensively everywhere from the Arctic to the United States.</p> <p>His Life as a freed slave was stressful, and he suffered from suicidal thoughts until he became a born-again Christian and found peace in his faith. He married in English woman, Susannah Cullen, and together they had two children.</p>
slavery: <p>Black history month day 6: Olaudah Equiano.<br/></p>
<p>Olaudah Equiano, also known as Gustavus Vaasa, was a prominent African in London. He was a freed slave who supported the British movement to end the slave trade. His autobiography, published in 1789, helped in the creation of the Slave Trade Act 1807 which ended the African trade for Britain and its colonies. Equiano was part of the Sons of Africa, an abolitionist group composed of prominent Africans living in Britain, and he was active among leaders of the anti-slave trade in the 1780s.</p>

<p>Equiano’s book, β€œThe Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African”, is one of the earliest-known examples of published writing by an African writer to be widely read in England. By 1792, it was a best seller: it has been published in Russia, Germany, Holland, and the United States. It was the first influential slave narrative of what became a large literary genre. Equiano’s experience in slavery was quite different from that of most slaves as he did not participate in field work. Rather, he served his owners personally and went to sea, was taught to read and write, and worked in trading. Even after his freedom he continued to be an explorer and travel extensively everywhere from the Arctic to the United States.</p>

<p>His Life as a freed slave was stressful, and he suffered from suicidal thoughts until he became a born-again Christian and found peace in his faith. He married in English woman, Susannah Cullen, and together they had two children.</p>

<p>Black history month day 6: Olaudah Equiano.<br/></p> <p>Olaudah Equiano, also known as Gustavus Vaasa, was a prominent African in Lond...