Nov. 3, 2017
Henry Highland Garnett, In His Words, My Voice
The call for a revolution by the black people held captive in the southern states. On August 16, 1843, twenty years before the Emancipation Proclamation, Henry Highland Garnett, in Buffalo, New York called for the 3 million slaves of the south to revolt against those who held them in bondage. This speech defiantly spoke of insurrection to achieve freedom from those who oppressed them. Henry Highland Garnett's powerful speech was one of the very first speeches to openly call for a violent rebellion by a black man in this nation. This indeed is another example of "how we got over" and how our ancestors defied the odds to gain some semblance of respect and freedom.