This week, we pay tribute to Frederick Douglass as America celebrates Juneteenth, marking the end of slavery in 1865. Celebrated as Black Independence Day by African-Americans, this was a truly historic moment on June 19, 1865. It was amazing people like Frederick Douglass, Harriett Tubman and Sojourner Truth that made great sacrifices and played a vital role in the fight to end slavery in America.
“I didn’t know I was a slave until I found out I couldn’t do the things I wanted”
“People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get“…… and boy! Did he work for what he got?! How can we not be inspired by this man’s life story?
Frederick had much to say when he gained the freedom to do so!
- So teachers and parents, remember him this week and let his voice once again be heard as students listen to him tell his own story. Students can discover the inspiring life story and achievements of this American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. Once a slave himself, Frederick understood only too well the importance of freedom. He dedicated his whole life to fighting for it, eventually leading an abolitionist movement.
Join Frederick Douglass on his journey from slavery to freedom, from the plantation fields in Maryland to the streets of New York City and appointments to several political positions. In fact, he was nominated for Vice President of the United States in the 1872 elections! Frederick was the first African-American to be nominated. We invite you to meet Frederick and other amazing people who were also slaves and are role models to others in Amazing Slaves.
Ask yourself, how would you rise above the life of slavery?Do you think you could have achieved as much as those in this inspiring series?
CLASS ACTIVITY THIS WEEK: Create a project or essay about the life of Frederick Douglass and other former slaves who, despite hardship, became role models and lived incredible lives. Their stories show us what can be achieved if we believe in ourselves and not allow negatives to hold us back!
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- We also invite you to read our June Newsletter
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