For the month of February, we’re taking a moment each day to honor the moments, the people – and the accomplishments that are too often forgotten.
Today we remember Robert Smalls . Born as a slave in South Carolina in 1839, his life is nothing less than incredible (and totally bada**).
Why? Among other things, he stole a Confederate military ship in 1861, disguised himself as the captain, used the secret codebook and hand signals to get through the line, rescued other slaves with their families, and delivered the ship to the Union.
Once safe in the North, he ran for Congress AND WON – the Republican also served five non-consecutive terms. And while Jim Crow laws soon took hold, he never gave up the fight for the political rights of African Americans. “My race needs no special defense for the past history of them and this country,” he once said. “It proves them to be equal of any people anywhere. All they need is an equal chance in the battle of life.”