Black History Month – William King

I have been thinking a great deal about the injustices so many aboriginal people face and wonder why more of us who are concerned do little about it. I also think a great deal about our changing climate and why it’s so easy to “fiddle while Rome burns”.

Perhaps my desire to hold on to the privileges I have, and the fear that if I let them go, I’ll be bereft of everything I value keeps me from doing more. That takes me to William King and Lucretia Mott, two 19th century reformers who feature prominently in the Emma Field series. Neither one, seemed to let fear govern their lives. Nantucket Island-born, Quaker Lucretia Mott played a key role in the anti-slavery, women’s and native rights movements of her day. On the north shore of Lake Erie, Irish-born William King established an exemplary community of some 1,200 free Blacks and fugitives from the Underground Railroad.

I think I still have a lot to learn from them. So in honour of Black History Month, I will post passages from Williams King’s autobiography of 1892. And using the “Circle of Trust” approach of author Parker Palmer, I invite you to contribute your own musings about your own experiences.

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