The author (far left) with other activists during the Poor People’s Campaign 40 Days of Action, Washington, DC, June 6, 2018 (United Church of Christ/Jessie Palatucci).
In his founding editorial for The North Star, Frederick Douglass laid out his ambitions for the new publication. The mission of his anti-slavery newspaper mirrored the larger task of the abolitionist struggle, a task that those today can take inspiration from when building a fusion movement to overcome racism, poverty, militarism, ecological devastation, and the distorted narrative of Christian nationalism that some promote.
“The man who has suffered the wrong is the man to demand redress — the man struck is the man to cry out,” Douglass wrote in 1847. “And he who has endured the cruel pangs of Slavery is the man to advocate liberty. It is evident that we must be our own representatives and advocates, not exclusively, but peculiarly —…
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