Frederick Douglass - Most Moving Speech from 1852

"The wisdom that I impart comes to me from Almighty through 'bani'" - Guru Nanak

However difficult it is to sing the truth, truth must be sung. And when it is sung, it makes everyone closer to the truth. Like when Guru Nanak talks courageously about the atrocities of Babur. Or when Guru Gobind Singh talks about the atrocities. I see a similar truth reflected when Frederick Douglas talks about slavery.

Frederick Douglass was a African American Civil Rights activist in the times of Abraham Lincoln. Frederick was asked to speak at an event on July 5, 1852 to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence at Rochester's Corinthian Hall. Very courageously he changed his speech to the call of the hour, American Slavery.

Within the now-famous address is what historian Philip S. Foner has called "probably the most moving passage in all of Douglass' speeches."

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sound of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants brass fronted impudence; your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanks-givings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy -- a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.