Black History Month: featuring Fredrick Douglas

With Black History Month we have a lot of history to look through. I’m going to be focusing on the story of Fredrick Douglas, and how he helped speak for slaves and there rights, and gave empowering speeches all throughout his life till his dying day!

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A celebration of Black History and the discussion of the crisis of black education

Dakota Miller , Black History Month Article

Celebrate your right to feel in control, and understand that your voice can work wonders if you use it in the right way. Black History Month is a tribute to the gratitude America has for the African Americans and the history they gave us! How do you celebrate? How do you think you can make a change in your community and in your life to ensure a positive outcome?

Frederick Douglass was a major asset to the end of slavery. Douglas would travel and give speeches for those who couldn’t speak out, or who didn’t have the chance to. 

Douglas was an abolitionist, which meant that he supported the abolition of slavery. Douglas was a major player in his time because he was one of the few black men to get any form of education, and he was able to really get his voice out there to aid the fight for equality and freedom. Although this wasn’t an overnight succession, it took countless years and hard work to get any point across. With his struggle and fight, he has established his place in U.S. national history forever!  

Frederick Douglas was born into slavery around 1818, but he had no real record of his specific birth date. Douglas made huge efforts to educate fellow enslaved people. He was caught, and for his actions, he was sent to a cruel farm owner named Edward Covey. Edward Covey known for his wicked ways of getting the slaves to work. Although Douglas found himself in this situation, he never gave up hope. After many and many failed attempts to escape Covey’s farm, he finally succeeded and boarded a train to Havre de Grace, Maryland, where he was an enslaved worker.

Douglas gave a speech known by the name, “What to the slave is the 4th of July?” on Independence day, 1952. It has a strong message, and throughout it, he asks how it is fair to expect a slave to feel patriotic in a country where they and their people are treated like scum.

We celebrate black history to say we honor the contributions and sacrifices of the African Americans that helped shape the nation. Black History Month celebrates the rich culture, heritage, and triumphs that are an indelible part of our country’s history.

Sara Clarke Kaplan stated on npr.org, “there is no American history without African-American history.” Npr.org also stated that February was chosen as Black History Month because it follows the birthday of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. Douglas never knew his exact birthday, so he came to celebrate it on February 14th. Both figures were very influential during the time of slavery and both fought to end it.

Black History Month isn’t about the separation of black history and American history, but instead, it is about sorting through the highs and lows throughout the history of both and watching them intermingle. This creates the history of the U.S. as a whole, instead of just one side of the spectrum.