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Henry Highland Garnet
(1815-1882) born on
Dec 23
US clergyman, abolitionist. He was an early proponent of armed revolt against slaveholders; first Black clergyman to deliver a sermon in Congress; ambassador to Liberia, 1881.
         
   
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Think of the undying glory that hangs around the ancient name of Africa and forget not that you are native-born American citizens, and as such, you are justly entitled to all the rights that are granted to the freest.

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The humblest peasant is as free in the sight of God as the proudest monarch that ever swayed a sceptre. Liberty is a spirit sent from God and like its great Author is no respecter of persons.
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In every man's mind the good seeds of liberty are planted, and he who brings his fellow down so low, as to make him contented with a condition of slavery, commits the highest crime against God and man.
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Let your motto be resistance! resistance! RESISTANCE! No oppressed people have ever secured their liberty without resistance.
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The orators and statesmen of our land, whether they belong to the past, or to the present, will live and shine in the annals of history, in proportion as they have dedicated their genius and talents to the defense of Justice and man's God-given rights.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "An Address to the Slaves of the U.S. of America," speech given at the National Negro Convention, Buffalo, NY, Aug 1843.
R: "An Address to the Slaves of the U.S. of America," speech given at the National Negro Convention, Buffalo, NY, Aug 1843.
A: "An Address to the Slaves of the U.S. of America," speech given at the National Negro Convention, Buffalo, NY, Aug 1843.
N: In "Famous Black Quotations," ed. Janet Cheatham Bell, 1995.
K: From a "Memorial Discourse Delivered in the Hall of the Hous of Representatives," 12 Feb 1865.
   


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