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Today is one of my favorite feast days of the entire year because today we remember William Wilberforce. You might remember a movie about his life called “Amazing Grace” that came out about 10 years ago. Born into wealth in England in 1759. Elected to the House of Commons at the age of 21. He used his eloquence and charm, informed by his faith, to crusade uncompromisingly and single-mindedly for the abolition of slavery and the slave trade - for the entirety of his 45 years in the House. The Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 had its final reading in the House of Commons just 3 days before his death, and became law the following year.
What I love about William Wilberforce is his passion and persistence in holding out a vision that the society he lived in could and should change, to be more just and life-giving for a class of people who were essentially invisible.