Tuesday, February 14, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 45: "Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave."

Although his exact birthday isn't known, it's generally considered that today is the birth date of statesman, abolitionist, author and leading figure in the African American history Frederick Douglass. What else do we know about Douglass? What, say, does the leader of the United States know about him?

"Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who's done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice." — The President of the United States, marking the start of African-American History Month 2017

Let's learn a little bit more about him, shall we? (And check the hovertext on each image for — not jokes, not today — more quotes from Douglass.)

Panels from "Frederick Douglass" in Classics Illustrated #169 [Classics Illustrated #169 [Negro Americans: The Early Years] (Spring 1969), pencils and inks by Norman Nodel

There. You now know worlds more about Frederick Douglass than the President of the United States. And about a lot of other stuff, too, I bet. You can learn lots more if you follow up by reading Douglass's own works and a solid biography of the man. Remember: "Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave."


EAG46 said...

Thank you for this series, and thank you for this entry in particular. I read Mr. Douglass's autobiography years ago and I want to re-read it. If Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?" speech was ever comic-fied, please include that in your series. And I hope Rep. John Lewis's MARCH graphic novel is on board too.

Blam said...


Bully said...

EAG46: i just got the boxed set of March and I'm looking forward to reading and including it in the series. And I'm not aware of any comics on Sojourner Truth, but I'm going to do a little research to see if there are any!

Thanks so much for your support and your suggestions! (You too, Blam!)

Blam said...

March is both inherently inspiring and beautifully executed as comics. (I reviewed Book One a few years ago but haven't written about the other volumes yet.) As for Sojourner Truth, Wonder Woman #13's Wonder Women of History was devoted to her; don't know if it's been reprinted in something more accessible.

Blam said...

There's also the Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story comic that inspired young John Lewis and has been reprinted by Top Shelf in both print and digital facsimile.