"If there is no struggle, there is no progress." "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." Frederick Douglass
At the 1888 Republican National Convention, Douglass became the first African American to receive a vote for President of the United States in a major party's roll call vote. That year, Douglass spoke at Claflin College, a black college in Orangeburg, South Carolina, and the oldest such institution in the state. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass
September 3, 1855 – Future abolitionist Frederick Douglass escapes from slavery. After escaping, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves did not have the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens.
"Douglass was a firm believer in the equality of all people, whether black, female, Native American, or recent immigrant, famously quoted as saying, "I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.""
"I do not recollect of ever seeing my mother by the light of day. She was with me in the night. She would lie down with me, and get me to sleep, but long before I waked she was gone. Very little communication ever took place between us. Death soon ended what little we could have while she lived, and with it her hardships and suffering." Frederick Douglas. Would a friend do that?