For people just out of slavery, I’m sure emancipation felt exceptionally fragile and potentially fleeting, so I can understand how many freedmen/women would be fearful to make waves. But thank goodness we had men like your uncle and many women in our history who had the courage to lead the fight for full equality in this society, often at great personal sacrifice. That’s one of the things I love about genealogy. Like you, I’m uncovering so many inspiring stories of ancestral courage and sacrifices in the face of racism for the cause of justice and equality. Fast forward to 2018. The struggle continues. We owe it to our ancestors to figure out how, in our own way, we will honor their legacies to advancing the struggle.

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