As Black Lives Matter protests erupted across the U.S. in 2020, multi-racial groups of Americans turned out to support Black-led movements for social justice. We can better understand the challenges and benefits of such movements by looking back to the 1840s when Black and white Americans such as the self-emancipated Frederick Douglass and radical Quaker Amy Kirby Post helped forge interracial movements to abolish slavery and gain equal rights.
Amy Kirby Post (1802-1889) was an abolitionist, woman’s rights and Indian rights advocate as well as a radical Quaker and spiritualist. From the 1830s on she lived in Rochester, New York, where she engaged in interracial social justice efforts alongside Frederick Douglass, William Nell, Harriet Jacobs, Sojourner Truth, and other radical Quakers. Together they helped to transform the political and social landscapes in the 19th century United States.