If you are on Google searching today, February 1, 2016 you will note the illustration depicting Frederick Douglass, an important African American figure of the 19th Century. Born into slavery in February 1818, Douglass taught himself how to read during slavery, escaped and went on to become a journalist, orator, and civil rights leader against slavery.
The Google doodle honors the Douglass who was born in February 1818. As a slave, Douglass had no accurate record of his exact birthday. Douglass wrote several moving memoirs of his life experiences. Online you can read free book "The Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass" written in 1845.
Douglass was an abolitionist who fought to end slavery. His own escape to freedom was driven by the pursuit to live fully as a human being. In his memoir he wrote, "..instead of spending the Sabbath in wrestling, boxing, and drinking whisky, we were trying to learn how to read the will of God; for they had much rather see us engaged in those degrading sports, than to see us behaving like intellectual, moral, and accountable beings."
Another book written in 1855 by Douglass is "My Bondage and My Freedom." In 1872, Douglass became the first African American to be nominated for Vice President of the United States.
Every February in the United States is dedicated to Black History Month.