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Benjamin Banneker
(1731-1806) born on
Nov 09
US astronomer, inventor, poet. He helped design the city plan of Washington, DC; published "Banneker's Almanac" annually beginning in 1792.
         
   
F
I am of the African race, and in the colour which is natural to them of the deepest dye; and it is under a sense of the most profound gratitude to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe.

R
The colour of the skin is in no way connected with strength of the mind or intellectual powers.
A
Presumption should never make us neglect that which appears easy to us, nor despair make us lose courage at the sight of difficulties.
N
Evil communication corrupts good manners. I hope to live to hear that good communication corrects bad manners.
K
[I]t is the indispensible duty of those, who maintain for themselves the rights of human nature, and who possess the obligations of Christianity, to extend their power and influence to the relief of every part of the human race . . .
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Letter to Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State, 19 Aug 1791.
R: "Banneker's Almanac," 1796.
A: c. 1794
N: "Banneker's Almanac," 1800.
K: Letter to Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State, 19 Aug 1791.
   


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