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Maria W. Stewart

  • All the nations of the earth are crying out for liberty and equality. Away, away with tyranny and oppression!

  • Many think, because your skins are tinged with a sable hue, that you are an inferior race of beings; but God does not consider you as such. ... he hath made all men free and equal. Then why should one worm say to another, 'Keep you down there, while I sit up yonder; for I am better than thou?'

  • ... shall I, for fear of feeble man who shall die, hold my peace? Shall I for fear of scoffs and frowns, refrain my tongue? Ah, no!

  • Take us generally as a people, we are neither lazy nor idle; and considering how little we have to excite or stimulate us, I am almost astonished that there are so many industrious and ambitious ones to be found — although I acknowledge, with extreme sorrow, that there are some who never were and never will be serviceable to society. And have you not a similar class among yourselves?

    • Maria W. Stewart,
    • lecture (1832), in Dorothy Porter, ed., Early Negro Writing 1760-1837 ()
  • Am I not a woman and a sister?

    • Maria W. Stewart,
    • article title, in Liberator ()
  • Come all ye that pass by, and see if there is any sorrow like unto my sorrow.

  • ... give the man of color an equal opportunity with the white, from the cradle to manhood, and from manhood to the grave, and you would discover the dignified statesman, the man of science, and the philosopher.

    • Maria W. Stewart,
    • "African Rights and Liberty," in Liberator ()

Maria W. Stewart, U.S. educator, public speaker

(1803 - 1879)

Full name: Frances Maria Miller W. Stewart.