Freedom Quotes: In Honor of Juneteenth

Just a few quotes about freedom and the importance of remembering the past and to inspire a better more equitable future.

“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”

Toni Morrison, “Beloved “
Toni Morrison
~ Wikipedia

“I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land.”

— Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman ~

“I had reasoned this out of my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive.”

Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman ~
National Women’s History Museum

“I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”

— Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
~ NPS / FRDO 2169

“Liberty is slow fruit. It is never cheap; it is made difficult because freedom is the accomplishment and perfectness of man”

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
Encyclopedia Britannica

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.

— Malcolm X
Malcolm X
~ Encyclopedia Britannica

Each of these people had an influence on our American culture. They were abolitionist, social activists, and spokespersons who were active in speaking and in action to bring awareness to injustice and inequalities. Some were extremely active in ensuring the freedom of enslaved people.

Let us honor and remember so no one ever becomes enslaved again. Let us honor those who spoke out for freedom and equality for all.

God bless. Thank you! Remember I appreciate y’all.

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