Henry Highland Garnet (1815 – 1882) African-American abolitionist, minister, educator and orator.
“Rev. Henry Highland Garnet . . . was born a slave in Kent County, Maryland; he escaped from slavery in 1824; he studied theology at Oneida Institute in Utica, New York; and became a pastor. Later he served as the president of Avery College in Allegheny, Pennsylvania.
“He expressed some of his thoughts in his address to the National Convention of Colored Citizens in Buffalo, New York in August of 1843 — and remember, this was 1843. This is essentially what he said (and I’m taking excerpts from the speech):
In every man’s mind the good seeds of liberty are planted, and he who brings his fellow down so low, as to make him contented with a condition of slavery, commits the highest crime against God and man. . . .
To such degradation, it is sinful in the extreme for…
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