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Fantastic February

February 22, 2012
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Hey, what’s up? It’s me, Max, and thanks for reading our blog. How’s your week so far? Mine is good. I’m excited that February is National African American History Month, and it’s a month when we celebrate the awesome achievements of different African Americans. One of the reasons that February was chosen to be National African American History Month is because it has the birthday of Frederick Douglass. Have you heard of him? He was born in February in 1818, and he was a great speaker, author, and leader against slavery.

Cherry-Ot told me that Frederick Douglass was born a slave, and when he was eight-years-old, he was sent to his owner’s relatives in Baltimore, Maryland. But when he was 20, he escaped and went to the North where he could be free. He even changed his name from Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey to Frederick Douglass to keep from getting captured. Then in 1841, he was a speaker at an anti-slavery group meeting in Massachusetts, and he went on to talk to other groups about his life as a slave. He also wrote about what it’s like to be a slave, started an anti-slavery newspaper called the North Star, and his home was part of the underground railroad, which was a secret system that helped Southern slaves escape to the North for freedom. He did so much to help others during this terrible time, and he was so brave. He wanted everyone to be free and treated fairly.

Then, during the Civil War from 1861 to 1865, he advised President Abraham Lincoln, and they both worked to end slavery in America. And guess what…President Lincoln’s birthday is in February, too! No wonder February is such a special month.

Bye for now!

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