Richard Allen's Birthday

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A nice piece in today's Philadelphia Inquirer laments that the February birthday of Richard Allen -- once a major event in our city's black community -- receives so little notice.  Born a slave, Richard Allen was a leading voice for racial equality in early American life.  He was also the founding bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, a group started after one of Philadelphia's Methodist churches banished Allen and other black members from their fellowship.

I was especially touched by something Allen wrote in 1794, wise counsel for our country that tragically went unheeded: "If you love your children, if you love your country, if you love the God of Love, clear your hands from slaves, burden not your children or country with them."
Posted February 14, 2008 @ 1:17 PM by Phil Ryken
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