I am honored to include portions of Benjamin Lichtenwalner’s Black History Servant Leadership posts as features on Leadership Days (Wednesdays) of our Christians Celebrate Black History Series this month.
Ben is the Founder of Modern Servant Leadership, adviser to www.philanthropist.org, and Senior Manager of Internet and eCommerce at Whirlpool Corporation. The mission of Modern Servant Leadership is to spread servant leadership awareness, adoption, and action and these posts combine his passion for Servant Leadership and African American history.
I’m glad Ben took time to compile a list of several Black American servant leaders. His list is not comprehensive, but he does feature the life stories of Sojourner Truth, Harriet Jacobs, Harriet Tubman, W.E.B. Du Bois, Ralph Bunche, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I will only highlight a few of these servant leaders on my blog, so I encourage you to head over to Ben’s blog throughout the year to read the other stories. We can all learn from the examples of these servant leaders.
Today, I highlight the life and legacy of Harriet Jacobs:
Harriet Ann Jacobs was an African American who escaped slavery. She was an influential abolitionist and ardent educator. She also wrote the first autobiography on the atrocities experienced by female slaves. She is probably best known for that book: “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl“, which included graphic detail of the sexual harassment and abuse endured by female slaves. She was also well known for improving the lives of freed slaves, largely through her fervent dedication to developing schools and working opportunities for freed slaves. Read more about Harriet’s servant leadership and what she did, along with quotes here.
“Death is better than slavery.” – Harriet Jacobs