“One can only imagine the calamitous results to our liberties if the government of the United States would take on the roll of a sovereign plantation owner who provides for the food, education, health care, and housing of his slaves.”

– U.S. Major General Fremont – 1861

Frederick Douglass

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

– Frederick Douglass

Benjamin Franklin

“Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.”

– Benjamin Franklin

Martin Luther King Jr

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Frederick Douglass

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning.”

– Frederick Douglass

Helen Keller

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”

– Helen Keller

Frederick Douglass

“The American people have this to learn: that where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither person nor property is safe.”

– Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

“The life of a nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.”

– Frederick Douglass

Woodrow Wilson

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”

– Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson

“Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of the government. The history of government is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is the history of the limitation of government, not the increase of it.”

– Woodrow Wilson