Join WORDS-MAKE-PEOPLE on July 7th from 1-3 p.m. EST as we discuss, "Independence Day '4th of July' a Universal Sign of Aspiration for Freedom!" Call (714) 816-4673 or listen online at: https://www.blogtalkradio.com/station-iwdm/2019/07/07/independence-day-4th-of-july-a-universal-sign-of-aspiration-for-freedom
“I do call to witness this City; and thou art a freeman of this City” – Qur’an 90:1-2
The 4th of July is our date for celebrating our nation's birth from British oppression, but not without being reminded by Frederick Douglass that this "freedom" excluded the children of Africa. Douglass said on July 5, 1852, in his “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” speech, “The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought life and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth [of] July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.
Human freedom is a universal aspiration and America had come up short on that freedom for all people. A few years later President Abraham Lincoln signed the Proclamation Emancipation only to have Dr. Martin Luther King on August 16, 1967 publicly reject it as inferior, Dr. King said, “No Lincolnian Emancipation Proclamation... can totally bring this kind of freedom. The Negro will only be free when he reaches down to the inner depths of his own being and signs with the pen and ink of assertive manhood his own emancipation proclamation.”
Today, due to the suffering of our former parents, African Americas have a duty to get all of the INDEPENDENCE and FREEDOM that we can as Americans who have paid a dear price for our citizenship.