A Must Read from Frederick Douglass

By Eugene Cho 04-03-2009

090403-frederick-douglasOne of my heroes is Frederick Douglass. I have a list of folks whose stuff I regularly read on and read about, and Frederick Douglass is one of them. Words in today's world have grown to be an interesting sensation. I believe in the power of words via teaching, preaching, blogging, writing, etc. At the essence, I do believe in the adage that "the pen is mightier than the sword." I just think that claim is tested today like never before because in our digital and social media world, it's easy to be poseurs, pretenders, and, well, people full of words and lacking in the deeper context and story of meaning, substance, labor, pursuit, perseverence, and conviction. What am I saying? Words are nice but actions need to accompany words.

Why do I admire Frederick Douglass? It's not just his words but it's his life and struggles and his perseverance, courage, and faith in the midst.

Frederick Douglass (1818

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