Those five men who were killed on that eventful night of the 5th of March, of whom Crispus Attucks
was the leader,--they never have had their fair share of fame.
Our friend Theodore Parker
said the Revolution was not born so early.
I think him wrong there; it was. Emerson
said the first gun heard round the world was that of Lexington
Who set the example of guns?
Who taught the British
soldier that he might be defeated?
Who dared first to look into his eyes?
Those five men!
The 5th of March was the baptism of blood.
The 5th of March was what made the Revolution something beside talk.
Revolution always begins with the populace, never with the leaders.
They argue, they resolve, they organize; it is the populace that, like the edge of the cloud, shows the lightning first.
This was the lightning.
I hail the 5th of March as the baptism of the Revolution into forcible resistance; without that it would have been simply a discussion of rights.
I place, therefore, this Crispus Attucks
in the foremost rank of the men that dared.
When we talk of courage, he rises, with his dark face, in his clothes of the laborer, his head uncovered, his arm raised above him defying bayonets,--the emblem of Revolutionary violence in its dawn; and when the proper symbols are placed around the base of the statue of Washington
, one corner will be filled by the colored man defying the British
I think it is right that we should come here and remember Crispus Attucks
It is right, because every colored man has but one thing to remember in life, and that is slavery.
All races are one--they are a unit.
The white race is a unit, the Caucasian race is a unit, the black race is a unit--one.
There is only one great, terrible fact in regard to the colored race