Often my inspiration comes from historical figures who have resisted the status quo and made change happen. William Wilberforce, who played a key role in abolishing the trans-Atlantic slave trade, is one of those heroes.
Born in 1759, Wilberforce was raised in an era where European slave traders were making regular trips to the West coast of Africa and shipping thousands of slaves to the Caribbean islands, America, and Europe. The flow of people, raw goods, and manufactured product was also known as the triangular trade, and even today you can see the descendants of African slaves inhabiting many Caribbean islands.
Wilberforce headed the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade for 26 years, which resulted in the Slave Trade Act of 1807. He worked tirelessly toward this goal despite his failing health, giving us no excuse to stand by without fighting for justice.
“If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.” -William Wilberforce
Here is a trailer for Amazing Grace, a movie about the abolition of the British slave trade. It is a good reminder to us that though slavery has some unique characteristics in the modern-day, many lessons can be learned from Wilberforce and his group of dedicated abolitionists.