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“I WILL BE HEARD”

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William Lloyd Garrison

On January 1, 1831, William Lloyd Garrison published the first copy of the anti-slavery newspaper, The Liberator. He started out in New England as one-man, one-issue-a-week operation.

The Liberator grew to 3,000 subscribers, (mostly un-enslaved, African-Americans).

Small by today’s standards.

The Liberator had a huge impact on America’s anti-slavery movement.

Garrison was known for his uncompromising tone:

I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or to speak, or write, with moderation. No! No! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; – but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest – I will not equivocate – I will not excuse – I will not retreat a single inch – AND I WILL BE HEARD.

And you will be heard too.

Step out and speak up.

Make a difference in your community.

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