Fredrick Douglass

By Kolby Charles, Talon Staff Writer

Frederick Douglass has been called the father of civil rights. At an early age he realized that the key for him to leave was the key to freedom. When he was young he got in contact with many African-American preachers and taught at the Sabbath School in Baltimore.
Douglass was very committed to freedom and justice for all Americans. He thought that America was strengthened by diversity and should be free of discrimination as an abolitionist. He also served as an advisor to presidents; Abraham Lincoln referred to him as the most meritorious man of the 19th century. He had served as U.S. Marshal of the District of Columbia, and in 1889 Benjamin Hamilton appointed him as the US minister of Haiti.
He spent the last years of his life opposing lynching and supporting the rights of women.The anti-slavery crusade of the early 19th century had served as a training ground for the womens rights suffrage movement. Douglass actively supported the women’s rights movement but he believed that black men should recieve suffrage first. Douglass participated in the first feminist convention in Senca Falls in July of 1848. Douglass died in Feburary 1895 after having just attended a Women’s Council meeting.