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In Their Words My Voice
DR. JOHN S. ROCK
Address to the Citizens of New Jersey
I simply love the spirit of Dr. John S. Rock He could have lived at any time during the past 166 years and still would be relevant. His words would still be captivating and just as powerful. Philadelphia Dentist John S. Rock would eventually become a medical doctor and attorney who in 1865 would become the first African American lawyer to argue a case before the United States Supreme Court. In 1850, however, he was also an abolitionist and civil rights activist. In that year 25 year old Rock gave a speech in neighboring New Jersey where he called upon the state’s white residents to treat the “disfranchised portion of the legal tax-payers” of the state fairly by extending to them the right to vote. Please go to my blog for this morning’s selection of IN THEIR WORDS MY VOICE.