By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – “Every people should be the originators of their own destiny,” said Martin R. Delany who, in the 1840s not only challenged slavery but challenged the thinking behind slavery and what allowed it to exist.READ MORE: President Biden To Visit Lehigh County On Wednesday, Visit Mack Trucks In Lower Macungie
Delany founded one of the first black newspapers, was one of the first blacks admitted to Harvard Medical School, and negotiated a treaty with the Yorba chiefs for African Americans to immigrate to Africa.READ MORE: 5 Things We 'Think' We Know As Philadelphia Eagles Hold First Training Camp Practice Of Nick Sirianni Era
He wrote one of the first novels by an African American male and became one of the first officers in the Union Army. He took pride in his blackness and is considered the Father of Black Nationalism.
Moonstone Arts Center is commemorating Delany’s 200th birthday with twenty events starting May 6th, looking at Delany’s life and writings, the fact that DNA shows that there is no biological basis for “race,” and the contemporary struggle against racism.MORE NEWS: Former Atlantic County Child Protective Services Worker Kayan Frazier Sentenced For Child Porn
Get programs and learn more at branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia or contact www.moonstoneartscenter.org/martindelany or at 215-735-9600.