William Loyd Garrison was born in New Brunswick, Canada. He and Harriet Beecher Stowe were the two most influential figures leading to slavery being abolished in the United States. Canada had outlawed slavery some forty years before the proclamation from President Lincoln, the ember which grew into a wild fire: The Civil War of the United States of America.
For some forty years Mr. Garrison and Ms. Stowe had fought against the injustices of slavery, they had been a voice for those with no power to speak for themselves. Think of that: forty years. How many of us, today, would stand so long in defense of others? How many of us would give up and walk away?
No matter our race, color or creed, no matter our faith or lack thereof; each of us has a responsibility to stand for those who have no voice; the poor, the marginalized, the unwanted and cast-offs of society without regard to their race, color, creed, national origin, faith or lack of faith. Only when all peoples of a nation have a voice can we truly say we have a democracy. Only when all peoples of a nation are respected as equals can the prize of true freedom be won.