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Francis J. Grimke was the byproduct of relationship between his white, plantation owning father, and a mixed race, enslaved mother.  He grew up to be a passionate supporter of the civil rights movement in the early 1900s, and was also a Presbyterian minister in Washington DC.  I recently ran across a couple of his quotes, which I think speak directly to where we find ourselves today.


“The secession of the Southern States in 1860 was a small matter compared with the secession of the Union itself from the great principles enunciated in the Declaration of Independence, in the Golden Rule, the Ten Commandments, in the Sermon on the Mount.  Unless we hold, and hold firmly to these great fundamental principles of righteousness, … our Union… will be only a covenant with death and an agreement with hell.”


He also said, “Race prejudice cannot be talked down, it must be lived down.”

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