by Rick Lowe
I've heard of and read work by Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass and W.E.B DuBois and of course, Harriet Beecher Stowe, but I stumbled across "Father Henson's Story of His Own Life" recently and it's now made the top of the reading list.
It baffles me sometimes how people or events from different parts of history go beneath ones radar and how I missed this I'll never know.
Mr. Henson eventually escaped the brutality of slavery and moved to Canada where he helped "free fellow slaves" and had an audience before Queen Victoria to discuss the cause of slaves and fugitives from slavery.
I reiterate, it's unusual how I'd never seen this little gem of a book before, but I'm looking forward to finishing it.
One thing that never ceases to amaze me throughout the ages is man's inhumanity to man, across cultures and within cultures. Thank goodness these things are documented and we live in hope the last vestiges of this scourge (that still goes on in places) will be removed from the face of the earth forever.