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Frederick Douglass – Intelligent

Intelligent – having or showing intelligence, especially of a high level.

Frederick Douglass is one of the most well-known human rights leaders in the anti-slavery movement and the first African-American citizen to hold a high U.S. government rank. He is also a famed author and orator.

Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass was selected to live in the home of his plantation owners, one of whom they say could have been his father. Eventually Frederick was sent to Hugh Auld’s Baltimore home, which is where he learned to read and write. Auld forbade his wife from teaching Frederick anymore, but he continued to have a zeal for learning.

Later, Douglass became an abolitionist as well as a women’s rights activist. He published three versions of his autobiography during his lifetime. He also produced some abolitionist newspapers: The North StarFrederick Douglass WeeklyFrederick Douglass’ PaperDouglass’ Monthly and New National Era. In 1848, he was the only African American to attend the first women’s rights convention in New York.

When I think of Frederick Douglass I think of intelligence. Is there any surprise why?

One and God make the majority. – Frederick Douglass

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Ode to Black History

Just like Maya

I wish I could write

I wish my words

Would inspire others to join the fight

 

Like Harriet

I wish I was brave

I’d be so legit

Leading to freedom, today’s modern slaves

 

I wish I could dream

Like Langston or Martin

I’d come up with great things

To have a part in

 

And if I was bold

Like Angela Davis

I’d be like Sojourner Truth

I’d be courageous

 

Or maybe I’d want to be immovable

Like Rosa Parks

I’d want even my sitting

To light a spark

 

Or what if I could speak

Like Mr. Frederick Douglass

I’d be able to voice the truth

For so many of us

 

And if like W.E.B. DuBois or Carter G. Woodson

I was smart

I would know where to end

I would know where to start

 

Yet if I was like Hattie McDaniel

I’d play my part

I’d create and cultivate

I’d perfect my art

 

If I were a strong leader like Malcolm

With the influence of Martin

Maybe I would soften some hearts

That have been hardened

 

But even if I’m just Chanel

With limitations

I can still do my part

To motivate this nation

 

If black history

Means so much to me

I’d put into practice

All that I could be

 

I’d learn from their examples

And I’d do my best

I would be who that had in mind

When they were on their quests

 

 

 

 

 

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A Change is Gonna Come (Part 2)

Change can’t come through my current situation.

  • How many have said nothing good can come from the place I’m in? Does anybody feel this way now?
  • Read Genesis 50:19-21
  • Joseph was sold into slavery, falsely accused and imprisoned, and there is no record of him ever losing faith throughout his life.
  • If God could bless Joseph with His favor while in prison (39:23), why can’t He use us in our current free state?

Change can’t come through me.

  • Read Esther 4:13-17
  • How can you ever be so sure that God didn’t bring you to where you are to be what He needs you to be while you are there?
  • It was risky for Esther to go to the king without being called by him, but the greatest risk was to miss the King’s (God’s) call on her life.
  • Are we willing to sacrifice time, energy, money, friends, or ourselves to be the change God needs? (v. 16)
  • The Bible shows us what the power of one can accomplish. Are we selling ourselves short by doing nothing? Note, it takes one acorn for an oak tree to grow.
  • Frederick Douglass said it best, “One and God make a majority.”

Video  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s3ZwaLtqr8

Change isn’t easy but it has to start with us. Are we volunteering? Are we having open discussions? Are we sharing kindness? What is our small group doing to bring change to the world? Are we as excited about being the change as a high school team is about being in the playoffs?

We have an opportunity. Let’s get the job done. God wants your best in everything. Give God your best and He’ll handle the rest. It’s all for One (Him). Seize the moment! It’s game time! Get off the sidelines!

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The Struggle

The struggle is real. It’s really real.

The struggle at work. The struggle of maintaining healthy relationships. There is a constant struggle in and with everything in life. And it really is a lot harder than we believe it is.

It shouldn’t be that hard to work and be good at your job. It really shouldn’t be that hard to maintain healthy relationships. But it is. The struggle is just as real as that job or that relationship is.

And it’s unfortunate. It’s unfortunate that the natural things in life are difficult for us. I don’t want to think about how difficult my work is sometimes. I don’t want to think about how hard it is to maintain that friendship or that relationship. But the struggle makes me have to.

It also makes me wonder though. What if there were no struggle? Although the struggle is unfortunate, it does make whatever it is worthwhile, right? My job better be worthwhile if I’m willing to beat the struggle for it. That friendship must be important if I’m willing to beat the struggle it is to maintain it.

I really do think Frederick Douglass said it best, “If there is no struggle there is no progress.”

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