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When She Was 3 Years Old, This Piece Of Paper Saved Her Life

You are looking at Mrs. Sally Fickland, who in 1947 is looking at the actual Emancipation Proclamation, which was signed when she was three years old ... and a slave. In September 2012, this document turns 150 years old. Look at it — it's old enough that the penmanship looks quaint, but it's recent enough that any of us can read it.

When She Was 3 Years Old, This Piece Of Paper Saved Her Life
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A letter to the woman who told me to stay in my daughter's life after seeing my skin.

'I'm not a shiny unicorn. There are plenty of black men like me who love fatherhood.'

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Fathers Everywhere

This article originally appeared on 06.15.16


To a stranger I met at a coffee shop a few years ago who introduced me to what my life as a parent would be like:

My "welcome to black fatherhood moment" happened five years ago, and I remember it like it happened yesterday.

I doubt you'll remember it, though — so let me refresh your memory.

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