Born February 1818 | Died February 20, 1895
African-American social reformer, orator, writer, and statesman
"At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed."
"Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them."
"I didn't know I was a slave until I found out I couldn't do the things I wanted."
"I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs."
"Without a struggle, there can be no progress."
"To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker."
"The soul that is within me no man can degrade."
"It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake."