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Delany and Douglass: Brothers in the Fight for Freedom

Martin Delany and Frederick Douglass
Malcolm X’s only meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., March 26, 1964,

Martin Delany

Major Martin Delany

Frederick Douglass

Take any race you please, French, English, Irish, or Scotch, subject them to slavery for ages-regard and treat them every where, every way, as property…. Let them be loaded with chains, scarred with the whip, branded with hot irons, sold in the market, kept in ignorance… and I venture to say that the same doubt would spring up concerning either of them, which now confronted the Negro.

To him, [the slave] your celebration is a sham, your boasted liberty, an unholy license, your national greatness, swelling vanity. Your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless, your shouts of Liberty and equality, hallow mocked, your prayers and hymns your sermons and Thanksgivings with all your religious parade in solemnity are to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, a thin veil to cover up crimes, which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation of the earth, guilty of practices, more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour. Go search where you will. Roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the old world. Travel through South America. Search out every abuse and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me that for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.

Photo of a young Frederick Douglass: Many argue that he was the19th Century Martin Luther King
William Lloyd Garrison
Douglass and his wife Helen (sitting). She was 20 years younger than him

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Richard Lawson Singley

Author, educator, historian, former engineer at General Electric. Interested in the origins of all things. Author of A New Perspective richardlsingley@gmail.com