Frederick Douglass On Reflection

In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers.

Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass (February 02, 1818–February 20, 1895)

The process by which man is able to posit his own subjective nature outside of himself, giving it form, color, space, and all the attributes of distinct personality, so that it becomes the subject of distinct observation and contemplation, is at [the] bottom of all effort and the germinating principles of all reform and all progress… It is the picture of life contrasted with the fact of life, the ideal contrasted with the real, which makes criticism possible. Where there is no criticism there is no progress, for the want of progress is not felt where such want is not made visible by criticism. It is by looking upon this picture and upon that which enables us to point out the defects of the one and the perfections of the other.

Poets, prophets, and reformers are all picture-makers — and this ability is the secret of their power and of their achievements. They see what ought to be by the reflection of what is, and endeavor to remove the contradiction.

Photo Credit: Jamboree photographed by Tao Writer from the private collection of Melvin and Robin Jackson, ©️2017.

Note: Jamboree was the name use on the day the 13th Admendment was passed and Black slaves were granted freedom.

Listen to Kool & The Gang sing Celebration here.

Note: During the late 60’s before they became famous, Kool & The Gang spent many hours entertaining the Black Students of Rutgers University where I attended.

🎂Happy Birthday Al McKay (February 02, 1948 -)