This month marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass. Although Douglass chose to mark February 14 as his birthday, he actually did not know the exact date he was born. In his autobiography, Douglass wrote, “I do not remember to have ever met a slave who could tell of his birthday.”
Frederick Douglass is a perfect example of an individual whose life was lived with great purpose. As a slave child, his owner’s wife taught him the alphabet, which opened an entire new world to him. He quickly devised an ingenious way to continue his education after his master forbade his wife to teach him anything further. Douglas described his strategy for learning in this way:
The plan which I adopted, and the one by which I was most successful, was that of making friends of all the little white boys whom I met in the street. As many of these as I could, I converted into teachers. With their kindly aid, obtained at different times and in different places, I finally succeeded in learning to read. When I was sent of errands, I always took my book with me, and by going one part of my errand quickly, I found time to get a lesson before my return.
Later, Douglass would go on to escape to freedom, and eventually his supporters raised funds for his legal free status in pre-Civil War America. He became an ordained minister, an abolitionist, a skilled orator, and the most photographed person of the 19th century.
Distinguishing between “the Christianity of the land” and the “Christianity of Christ,” with the release of the first of three autobiographies Douglass would write during his lifetime, he clarified the perspective of his deep-rooted faith: “I love the pure, peaceable, and impartial Christianity of Christ: I therefore hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land.”
If you’ve never investigated the life of Frederick Douglass, we’d like to give you the opportunity to read him in his own words. In celebration of Black History Month, Douglass’ first two autobiographies will be available for free for the Accordance Bible Software Library throughout the month of February. Douglass’ life continues to inspire readers 200 years after his birth, and his distinction between a faith rooted in the Bible vs. one captivated by the culture still rings true today.
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