On Oct. 16, 1854, a rising lawyer named Abraham Lincoln delivered a 3-hour speech of 17,000 words objecting to the Kansas-Nebraska Act and decrying the institution of slavery. (The speech also ignited the next phase of his political career that would eventually land him in the White House).
If the negro is a man, why then my ancient faith teaches me that ‘all men are created equal;’ and that there can be no moral right in connection with one man’s making a slave of another.
On Oct. 16, 1859, abolitionist John Brown initiated a slave revolt by taking over a United States arsenal at Harper’s Ferry. While the raid ultimately failed, it highlighted the divisiveness and importance of the issue of slavery in the U.S., and eventually became an impetus for the Civil War.
October 16 is a day to band together to fight for what’s right. To say: no more.
On October 16, 2018, we unite for freedom.
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