Martin Delany and Frederick Douglass

History often repeats itself. Some consider Frederick Douglass as a harbinger of Martin Luther King. If this be so, then Delany could be considered the forerunner of Malcolm X. Yet, because Delany’s movement was not peaceful and because he advocated leaving America, Delany is not as well-known. Moreover, some submit, that the real Frederick Douglass is known only to a few as his militant side is often eclipsed by his peaceful rhetoric. Yet, these two were not enemies but were friends and they collaborated overtly and covertly toward a common goal. Although white abolitionists embraced Douglass, Delany, like Malcolm X…

Richard Lawson Singley

Author, educator, historian, former engineer at General Electric. Interested in the origins of all things. Author of A New Perspective

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