"We wish to plead our own case. Too long others have spoken for us. Too long has the public been deceived by misrepresentation, in things which concern us dearly, though in the estimation of some mere trifles.
Education being an object of the highest importance to the welfare of society, we shall endeavor to present just and adequate views of it.
The civil rights of a people being of the greatest value, it shall ever be our duty to vindicate our brethren, when oppressed; and to lay the case before the public.
From the press and the pulpit we have suffered much by being incorrectly represented...Men whom we equally love and admire have not hesitated to represent us disadvantagely, without becoming personally acquainted with the true state of things, nor discerning between virtue and vice among us. Our vices and degradation are ever arrayed against us, but our virtues go unnoticed.
And what is still more lamentable, our friends... seem to have fallen under the current popular feelings, and are imperceptibly floating on the stream - actually living in the practice of prejudice while they abjure it in theory, and feel it not in their hearts. Is it not very desirable that such should know more of our actual condition; and of our efforts and feelings, that in forming or advocating plans for our amelioration, they may do it more understandingly?" - John B. Russwurm (pictured) & Samuel E. Cornish, March 16, 1827, editorial To Our Patrons, Freedom's Journal, Issue No.1 #JohnRussworm (1799-1851), graduate of #BowdinCollege & one of the 1st blacks to earn a US college degree. He co-founded #FreedomsJournal, the 1st #AfricanAmerican newspaper w Cornish. They provided international, national, & regional information on #currentevents, editorials declaiming #slavery, #lynching, & other injustices. The Journal also published #biographies of prominent African-Americans & black #NewYork community life events. Freedom's Journal circulated in 11 states, the District of Columbia, Haiti, Europe & Canada #ProblematicAllies #WhitePrivilege #WithFriendsLikeThese #EndWhiteSupremacy #GRATITUDE #BlackExcellence #SpeakLIFE #latergram Sources: huarchivesnet.howard.edu & npg.si.edu