Oct. 4, 2019

The Fugitive Slave Law Of 1850 & Reverend Jermain Wesley Loguen's Defiance

The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project
October 4, 1850
The Struggle For Black Freedom

Today, I will spend 1/2 hour reading the actual act passed by Congress, the US Senate and signed by President Milliard Fillmore, The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and then I will read a speech given by Jermain Wesley Loguen in Syracuse, New York, an escaped slave from Tennessee who spoke of his defiance of such a measure. As I continue to teach our history as well as promote the read-aloud as an actionable strategy to elevate literacy in our community. We as a black community owe it to ourselves to learn the history of our ancestors in this nation. We must learn to research, analyze, and comprehend our historical story in order to become more cognizant of how that history affects our conditions today.