David Walker – ABOLITIONIST

 

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1785 – David Walker is born free in Wilmington, North Carolina.
He will become an outspoken African American abolitionist
and anti-slavery activist. In 1829, while living in Boston,
Massachusetts, he will publish “An Appeal to the Coloured
Citizens of the World,” a call for black unity and self-
help in the fight against oppression and injustice. The
work will bring attention to the abuses and inequities of
slavery and the role of individuals to act responsibly for
racial equality, according to religious and political
tenets. At the time, some people will be outraged and
fearful of the reaction that the pamphlet would have. Many
abolitionists will believe the views are extreme. Historians
and liberation theologians cite the Appeal as an influential
political and social document of the 19th century. He will
exert a radicalizing influence on the abolitionist movements
of his day and inspire future black leaders and activists.
He will join the ancestors on August 6, 1830 in Boston,
Massachusetts. Editor’s Note: Historians disagree on David
Walker’s date of birth. We choose to use the date of birth
cited by the Cape Fear Historical Institute in Wilmington,
North Carolina.

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My Hero – Thurgood Marshall

 

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Thurgood Marshall ­(July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993)

Thurgood Marshall severed as a Unites States Supreme Court Justice from October 1967 to October 1991.  Thurgood was the 96th justice and the 1st  African American justice.  Thurgood Marshall is my hero.  Of all the warriors in the battles of civil rights for Blacks, Thurgood was on the frontline as an attorney for the NAACP.  He was known for his victory in the case of Brown vs the Board of Education a monumental victory for the civil rights movement and an end to segregation.