ST. MICHAELS — “Do you live because? Or do you live for causes? Do you have so much and do so little, or do you have so little but do so much?”

Those were the uplifting, motivational words Professor Dale Glenwood Green of Morgan State University chose in addressing the Annual Homecoming Celebration on Aug. 19 at the Union United Methodist Church in St. Michaels.

The fitting theme of the celebration was “The Legacy of Frederick Douglass,” as 2018 marks the bicentennial year of Douglass’s birth in February 1818.

Mt. Olive AME Church’s Praise and Worship Team from Worton lifted the entire service onto its feet with robust songs of praise. The liturgist was Sister Jean Butler, and the pastor present was Rev. Dr. William T. Wallace.

Green was the service’s keynote speaker, both educating the audience of Douglass’s legacy and praising God in the miracles He worked through Douglass’s life. Green shared from the title “Blessed in the City, Blessed in the Fields” (Deut. 28.3).

Green proudly announced that effective as of Aug. 8, the university’s president promoted him to the rank of full professor. He is a professor of architecture and historic preservation in the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Aside from Green’s exhaustive list of accomplishments and recognitions, he also serves as chairman to the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, and is well-known for his major scholarly work — The Hill, believed to be the oldest community still in existence in the nation continuously inhabited by free persons of color and embodies important aspects of history and culture on a national to international level.

Green listed his ancestral ties to Douglass, ultimately saying, “in essence, this makes me a cousin to Frederick Douglass,” to which younger children in the audience gasped.

Green connected the passage from Deut. 28. 3., to Douglass’s life story, tracing parallels between the biblical verse, “you will be blessed in the city, and you will be blessed in the country,” to the famous abolitionist’s birthplace in the fields of the Tuckahoe to his death in Washington, D.C.

Green informed the crowd of Douglass’s extraordinary hardships, and professed his belief that God performed miracles in the once-enslaved man’s life, moving mountains for him.

After Douglass’s escape to freedom on Sept. 3, 1838, he published his first autobiography, which became a best seller, Green said.

“He returned to the areas he was once enslaved,” Green lectured. “He returned to St. Michaels in 1877 and to Easton in 1878. He spoke at the Talbot County Courthouse.”

“In 2011, a statue was erected to honor the speech Douglass gave there in 1878,” Green said.

“He was a powerful orator and an influential political figure, and against many odds, Douglass worked tirelessly for the equal treatment of all races and gender,” Green said.

“Let us thank God for the opportunity to come home and remember the light and legacy of Douglass,” Green said. “We are standing here today only because God made a way. We don’t know how He did it, but we know that He did it.”


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