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Charlotte Forten Grimke
(1837-1914) born on
Aug 17
US educator, diarist. She became the first black teacher to ex-slaves and began her "bequest to humanity," a detailed journal of the Civil War era, published in 1953.
May those whose holy task it is,/To guide impulsive youth,
Fail not to cherish in their souls
A reverence for truth;
For teachings which the lips impart
Must have their source within the heart . . .

Provoking, isn't it? that when one is most in need of sensible words, one finds them not.
Ah, what a grand, glorious day this has been. The dawn of freedom which it heralds may not break upon us at once; but it will surely come, and sooner, I believe, than we have ever dared hope before . . .
Let me not forget again that I came not here for friendly sympathy or for anything else but to work, and to work hard. Let me do that faithfully and well.
I wonder that every colored person is not a misanthrope. Surely we have everything to make us hate mankind.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "A Parting Hymn," written for her graduating class.
R: "Journal of Charlotte Forten," 1953.
A: Emancipation Day, Thursday, New Year's Day, "Journal of Charlotte Forten," 1953.
N: "Journal of Charlotte Forten," 1953.
K: "Journal of Charlotte Forten," 1953.

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