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Uprising Does not Always Roar like Fire

Uprising Does not Always Roar like Fire

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I sometimes wonder how quietly they crept. I'd like to hear the sound of that silence.


How silent their movement, how in concert they appeared to move, how a morning coffee laced with arsenic sounded nothing like protest. "Day-to-day resistance" was the most common form of opposition to slavery. Breaking tools, feigning illness, staging slowdowns, and committing acts of arson and sabotage--all were forms of resistance.


And all these years later, we continue to resist both quietly and in great public roars of resistance. We also remember that from Amistad to the 2020 pandemic and marches on cities across America in the name of justice, we are stronger together.

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