Cornerstones of Black History--Frederick Douglass

The life of Frederick Douglass is a story of slavery and discrimination, and a constant struggle for freedom and equality. WTOC salutes this man, who was born on this day in 1818. Douglass dedicated his life to crusading for freedom, justice and equality. He was consumed by his work as an abolitionist, orator, writer, reformer, diplomat and statesman.

As a reformer, he was a catalyst for a nonviolent struggle for desegregation and the right to vote. He wrote and spoke constantly about the need for all people to respect each other and themselves and the need for education as a way to advance oneself and strengthen our society.

Because of Douglass, blacks were recruited into the Union Army during the Civil War. Several times he discussed the problems of slavery with President Abraham Lincoln. Douglass will always be remembered as the leading spokesman of blacks in the 1800s and a person who devoted his life to the abolition of slavery and the fight for black rights.

Reported by: Dawn Baker,