Chapter 2 begins with a simple sentence. “Slavery isn’t new.” That short statement is both powerful and humbling. It is disheartening to read that “modern-day slavery is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world, with profits of more than $32 billion” and that eighty percent of the estimated twenty-seven million modern-day slaves are women and children (25). However, that is not the end of the story.
It’s been an honor to share from an African American perspective and encourage racial reconciliation through open dialog concerning race, ethnic, and cultural differences this month. I trust we will continue the conversation and champion the unity of all God’s people for the sake of his kingdom and to advance his great purposes throughout the world. To Him be all glory.
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 Frederick Douglass: