SAN JOSE, Calif. (PRWEB) February 2, 2011 —
San Jose community activist and author Timothy Fitzgerald salutes Abraham Lincoln for Black History Month. Abraham Lincoln was a life-long proponent of the anti-slavery movement. In 1837, at the age of 28, Lincoln made his first anti-slavery speech. In 1849, Lincoln during his term as Congressman co-sponsored a bill, which would have abolished slavery in the District of Columbia. In his campaign for United States senator in 1854, Lincoln declared his opposition to slavery.
On January 1, 1863, Lincoln issued his historic Emancipation Proclamation, which abolished slavery in the confederate states. Lincoln later championed the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, which abolished slavery throughout the United States. The United States Senate passed it in 1864 and later the House passed it on January 31, 1865. Lincoln was assassinated in April 1865. After Lincoln's death, the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified by the states on December 6, 1865.
"Abraham Lincoln was a true champion of the anti-slavery movement," said activist Timothy Fitzgerald. "His courage secured the freedom of slaves. We must display the same courage in fighting for the rights of the poor, the homeless and downtrodden who are subject to what amounts to wage-slavery in today's Great Recession."
From his time as an undergraduate, Mr. Fitzgerald has been a community activist in San Jose for over thirty years. In the 1990s, he ran for State Assembly and was the Vice Chairman of the Disability Advisory Commission of San Jose in 1997. In addition, Fitzgerald was a Green Party state leader for fifteen years.
Mr. Fitzgerald is also the author of "The Wawona Brotherhood: The San Jose State Campus Revolt," which chronicles his civil rights experiences at San Jose State University during the turbulent 1960s through the early 1970s. The sequel to his memoirs, "Diamond in the Rough" will be released in late February 2011 and deals with the working poor of San Jose and the efforts that Fitzgerald made in preserving local low and very low-income housing in the early 1980s.
Fitzgerald is enrolled in the over-60 program at San Jose State University as a post-graduate student; and is now completing his third master's degree. He is on track to be awarded this degree in Philosophy in spring 2011.
Mr. Fitzgerald has been a guest on American Voice Radio Network's New World Order Disorder, LA Talk Radio's Bipolar Nation, San Francisco radio station KPOO's Community Worker, San Jose radio station KKUP's Silicon Valli Voice and has appeared on San Jose radio station KBAY and Mammoth Lakes radio station KMMT. He also has been interviewed by the San Jose Mercury News, San Jose State Spartan Daily along with the Mammoth Times and Los Gatos Times Weekly. He also recently authored an article for AAboomers.com.
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