Black History Month Profile

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Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass (1817-1895) was born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey to a slave mother and white father he never knew. He grew up to become a leader in the abolitionist movement, and was the first black citizen to hold high rank in the U.S. government as a minister and counsel general to Haiti. He once said: “What was possible for me is possible for you. Do not think because you are colored you cannot accomplish anything.”

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