July 5 Reflections

July 5: the day Frederick Douglass gave his famous speech, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”

To commemorate that day, I turn to the voices of

john a powell:

michelle alexander:


john lewis:

“For it is not the light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, it is thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.”    – Frederick Douglass, 5 July, 1852

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