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Since BEMA's HQ Office is less than 10-blocks from the home of Frederick Douglas designated as a museum in Southeast Washington, D.C., these words have added meaning.
Charles Sharp. Chief Executive. Black Emergency Managers Association (BEMA)
“Though the colored man is no longer subject to barter and sale, he is surrounded by an adverse settlement which fetters all his movements. In his downward course he meets with no resistance, but his course upward is resented and resisted at every step of his progress. If he comes in ignorance, rags and wretchedness he conforms to the popular belief of his character, and in that character he is welcome; but if he shall come as a gentleman, a scholar and a statesman, he is hailed as a contradiction to the national faith concerning his race, and his coming is resented as impudence. In one case he may provoke contempt and derision, but in the other he is an affront to pride and provokes malice.”
These words 129 years later… Think about it!
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