Black History Month is a month dedicated to African Americans who have played a big role in U.S. history. From February 1 to February 29, we celebrate their achievements and the important things they have done.
Specifically, on February 14, Abolitionist leader, Frederick Douglass was born. Douglass was born into slavery but escaped in 1838 to marry his wife Anna Murray. He became an anti-slavery lecturer and eventually led the Abolitionist movement. During this time his supporters gathered funds to purchase his legal freedom. In addition to abolition, Douglass was a supporter of women’s rights. He attended the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 to argue that he would not accept the right to vote as a black man if women would not have that right as well.