Frederick Douglass — American Author born on February 14, 1817, died on February 20, 1895

Frederick Douglass was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writings. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Even many Northerners at the time found it hard to believe that such a great orator had once been a slave... (wikipedia)

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it.
I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.
Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.