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Thanksgiving Sermon
                 SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR.             129

     He was appointed  conductor  of  the  Handel  Society  in
1904, and was a professor of Composition at Trinity College.
     He  married  in  1899, Miss  Jessie  Fleitwood, of Walm-
isley, there being one son and one daughter of the marriage.
The boy bears the name of Hiawatha.


                   A THANKSGIVING SERMON.
                 Rev. Henry P. Jones., A. M.

    "He thanked God and took courage."--Acts 28: 15.
    "No man is in true health who cannot stand in the free air of Heav-
en, with his feet on God's free turf, and thank his Creator for the
simple luxury of physical existence"; and one should be especially thank-
ful who lives in these times of great world movements.
    I am thankful for much of our past.
    But someone says, "Before I could be thankful for it I would have
to forget slavery." But a condition of slavery is not peculiar to us; many
other nations have been in the same or similar condition. I once heard
Frederick Douglass say, "People often say to me, 'Mr. Douglass, aren't
you ashamed to say that you were a slave, and that you were beaten in
slavery?' And I tell them no, if the great apostle, Paul boasted that he
was five times beaten of the Jews with forty stripes save one, why should
I be ashamed that I was beaten?" Personally I doubt if freedom will
ever give to us a more glorious page in many respects; that period marks
the transition of my people from barbarism to civilization; from a small
cargo in 1620 to a great part of the numerical strength of the country--
four millions in 1863; it marked the beginnings of some great movements
among us. The A. M. E. and the A. M. E. Z. churches gave to us
Varick and Richard Allen who  must be numbered  among  the  Race's
real leaders; it marked some real struggles for manhood rights, and some
real protests against their denial--insurrections, Underground Railroad,
the fugitives' flight to the free North, following the light of the Polar
Star; it gave us William Still and Harriet Tubman; it marked the
loyalty of slaves first to their masters and mistresses-whose confidence they
did not abuse, whose sacred trusts they did not violate, and then to the
government in '76, in '12, in '61-65-the blacks of the South fighting
side by side with the whites of the North; they, without a country along-
side those who had; they, without manhood rights, sold, manacled, beaten,
alongside the freemen who purposed to save the Union--it was a spec-
tacle for gods and men.      Whatever the glory the conflict brought to
others, it could bring to them no more than it brought to us, and I am
thankful for that merited glory.
    After all, it may be that the whole wrought out plan was providential;


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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 29, Num. 2

Thanksgiving Sermon


Volume:  29
Issue Number:  02
Page Number:  129
Date:  10/1912


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