By Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – This is Martin Delany Week, a time to celebrate an extraordinary African-American, known as the father of Black Nationalism.READ MORE: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Says He'll Be Happy When He's Not Mayor Following Fourth Of July Shooting
Born in 1812, Martin R. Delany was a doctor, newspaper publisher, an officer in the Union Army during the Civil War, and an author.
When much of the 19th-century anti-slavery movement supported deporting freed Blacks back to Africa, Delany, who grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania, spoke up.READ MORE: Man Dies After Being Found Shot In LA Fitness Parking Lot In Northeast Philadelphia, Police Say
“He said, ‘You can’t tell us what we should do! We decide what we should do. If this country is not going to be a place where we can prosper, then we should leave, but it’s our choice,’ ” says Larry Robin, founder of Moonstone Art Center.
The Moonstone is hosting a number of events this week celebrating Delany’s life, featuring notables such as poet Sonia Sanchez and speaker Molefi Asante.
For more information, go to MoonstoneArtsCenter.org/MartinDelany.MORE NEWS: Carlos Santana Suffered Heat Exhaustion During A Michigan Concert