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Once you learn to read, you will be forever free!

Every year when July 4 so called Independence day comes around I always think about one of my heroes Frederick Douglass. He spoke so eloquently on July 5, 1852 reminding this country that people of African descent who were in this country were not independent, they were not free because of the horrible atrocities that were put upon them at the hands of white supremacy. He said, “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.” He also asked the audience, “Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today? Just in those few lines he spoke volumes. I also remember a famous quote Mr. Douglass said which is “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. Frederick Douglass who was an enslaved human being who was denied his basic God given right to be educated among the other rights that were stolen from him but, yet he was still able to learn how to read and what’s so amazing about this man is that not only was he very well read, he was also an excellent writer and orator. So, when I think of July 4 I am reminded of one of my heroes Frederick Douglass who said, “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sound of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants brass fronted impudence; your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanks-givings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy — a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.”