The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum is a new exhibit in Peterboro, New York. According to the website, the museum “honors antislavery abolitionists, their work to end slavery, and the legacy of that struggle, and strives to complete the second and ongoing abolition – the moral conviction to end racism.” Frederick Douglass was one of the first abolitionists inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005. The website has information on other abolitionists and their work. Feel free to check out the website or visit the museum the next time you’re in Central New York!
Monthly Archives: March 2012
A one-sentence poem by Emily Goldstein (2012)
Only when truth wins,
Beating “good enough,”
Can old falsities be abolished
To make room for the new –
I know, I know this can be mine,
This truth to find, behind the lies,
This truth will thrive
In mankind, in a tangible future –
And never forget,
What is possible for me
Is possible for you,
And your children,
And your parents;
Beginnings never determine
Ends, and neither do your ends
Induce your children’s ends;
For each year,
Offspring are more free –
Freer than leaves
Flying on dreams,
Reaching toward trees,
Sing sweet symphonies,
Soar on a high C.
Here is the site of Frederick Douglass’s home in Washington D.C. Some really interesting insight in the photos here about the time period and how he lived. Check it out!
The soul that is within me no man can degrade.
I shout, I yell, I all but propel
My whole heart and soul into these words.
Power concedes nothing without demand.
His words echo in my mind
And my heart swells with agreement.
I think to myself
I am so sick of being stuck.
Stuck in my roles
Stuck under control
Stuck in my soles
Of these shoes that can’t run away.
Your words contain so much defiance.
But I want to join this alliance and start talking too.
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of whom they oppose.
I will not obey their rules anymore.
I abhor their dictation on me and my life.
I want to be free, I want to stand tall
I want to be a part of liberty and justice for all.
So even though you are afraid
Nod and pray
And let us start talking as one.