BHodges wrote a moving tribute to Frederick Douglass at BCC a couple of years ago. I am a former History teacher, but I had forgotten that Mr. Douglas chose to celebrate his birthday on February 14th - not knowing when his actual date of birth had been. He was an amazing man, and his personal memoirs are astounding. As BHodges says in his post, surely his autobiographies, especially, constitute some of the "best books" out of which we should "seek learning".
I hope we can take a few minutes today and honor a man on his "birthday" who should be an inspiration and motivation to all:
Frederick Douglass's dark night of slavery, dark night of the soul - BHodges (By Common Consent)