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Voice of Black Studies Blog
Friday, January 01 2016
The Sacred Narrative of Nat Turner by Dr. Maulana Karenga. Part II

PART II. THE birth and coming-into-being of Nat Turner (October 2, 1800) was surely a bad omen for the oppressor but a sign and wonder for the oppressed. But even though Nat Turner is born in the midst of the severe, savage and inhuman oppression, which we rightly call the Holocaust of enslavement, and he is seen and treated as special by his parents and his people, he must himself come into consciousness of his and their oppression, of the radical evil and injustice of the enslavement, and decide to resist. He began at an early age sensing he had a special and divine mission of liberation. Thus, he began preparing for it. In his narrative of struggle, he tells us the people believed and told him, "I surely would be a prophet". And "my father and mother strengthened me in this….saying in my presence I was intended for some great purpose". Likewise he reports that both Blacks and Whites had said of him "that I had too much sense to be raised (trained as a salve) and if I was, I would never be of any use to anyone as a slave".
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