"Posterity will owe everlasting thanks to John Brown for lifting up once more to the gaze of a nation grown fat and flabby on the garbage of lust and oppression, a true standard of heroic philanthropy, and each coming generation will pay its installment of the debt. . . . John Brown saw slavery through no mist or cloud, but in a light of infinite brightness, which left no one of its ten thousand horrors concealed." Frederick Douglass

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Mary Brown's Birthday Celebrated

It's Mary Brown's birthday April 15 at the Saratoga Community Library in California, 2 -4 p.m.

This is the inaugural event of "Mary and Her Daughters, a legacy of equality and cooperation" video and archives documentary project.

The direction is to situate the family of John Brown who settled in Santa Clara County in 1879--and where descendants still live today--in local communities of their interaction.

#1 African Americans who established the first secondary school for blacks in the West in San Jose and their relationship with John Brown's liberation movement

#2 Women's suffragists, successful in California in 1911, associated with Mary's daughters and Mary Brown in her journeys (also direct supporters of John Brown)

#3 Japanese farmworkers who were taught English by Sarah Brown, who protested racial discrimination toward Asians in California and learned the Japanese language and culture for her work.

Project Director Jean Libby will make a presentation about Mary Brown's life of activism for equality and cooperation.

Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Saratoga Historical Foundation and Museum and the Saratoga Community Library.

With great appreciation for the support of the African American Heritage House at History Park in San Jose, especially Outreach Coordinator Robert Walker, and to the sponsors of Mary Brown's 195th birthday commemoration and planned future activities.

Jean Libby, editor
Allies for Freedom
www.alliesforfreedom.org

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