The Founders: Fredrick Douglass & Maria Stewart

We celebrate the founding fathers of American culture throughout the year and all over the country in different ways.

As time shifts we realize as historians that it is important to widen our scope and lens to include all extraordinary Americans in their rightful places as ‘founders’ of American tradition.

Maria Stewart, the gangsta

Maria W. Stewart is the founding woman of political discourse and critique in this country. Born a free black woman but bound out in service at an early age, Stewart was denied a formal education but that did not stop her from being an academic, an intellectual, and a voice critical of politics and the American government. Her rebellious spirit reverberates in a tradition of outspoken, heroic black women that includes but is not limited to Sojourner Truth, Anna Julia Cooper, Nina Simone, and Angela Davis.

For the next few blog posts in the founding series I will be referencing a book that is full of her speeches, articles, and writings:

This woman is truly gangsta. She is spitting the truth at a time when the majority of her people are still in chains. This series will compare her to my choice for the Founding Father of black culture:

Freddy Doug is what I like to call him and his face says it all. He EXPLODED on to the abolition scene with his honest, humane, and vicious attacks on his former masters. He was a brilliant orator and left numerous texts to be studied. He lived his life as an American rebel and is the birth father of WEB DuBois, Martin Luther King Jr, Bayard Rustin, David A Walker, and many, many more.

These two founders never crossed paths but they shared mutual acquaintances and very interestingly aligned point of views that I hope to shed some light on in the series on these two amazing historical figures.

Lets pass on our history of rebellion.

Together. You know why.


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