The history of the African Americans encompasses not only a persistent struggle against injustice, but remarkable service both to the black community and to the nation as a whole.
In the years before the Civil War, Black abolitionists such as Frederick Douglas, and Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman fought heroically, not only to free black slaves in the North and the South, but also to improve the moral character of the nation as a whole.
African Americans, civil rights leaders, clergy, educators, philanthropists and public servants fought on. Undeterred by the lash of the whip, the lynch mob and the law of the land, they held America accountable to its promise of Liberty and Justice for all.
Each door they pried open led to greater opportunities for African Americans. These African Americans of service have fulfilled the old exhortation to “Lift As One Climbs”
Slowly but surely they vanquished the stumbling blocks of segregation that barred African Americans from America’s classrooms, courtrooms, hotel rooms,restrooms, emergency rooms, dining rooms, locker rooms, boardrooms.
“Everybody can be great,” King said, because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics. “You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”