What inclined Solomon Northup and Frederick Douglass to write about their lives? How would we perceive Black History if no one took time to write about Harriet Tubman while she lived? Think of the biographical writings of Charlotte Forten, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Dubois, James Baldwin and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and how their stories enriched our understanding of American history.
Often we lament that our young people don’t seem to understand the path we’ve traveled and where we have arrived.
Sharing your life story will help to enlighten them—and be a reference for generations to come!
Black History Month 2014 is a great time to recall the lives and contributions of Black Americans overall. It is also a great occasion to ensure that your life or the life of someone you love is made a part of the ever flowing stream.
Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Solomon Northup left historic treasures: their life stories