By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Our lives are governed by the voices we subject ourselves to;
and libraries afford us with free access to an unlimited and expansive volume of them.
Should we really choose Facebook, television, and entertainment over exploration, growth, and discovery?
Should we really "dumb" ourselves down and seek for company in the confines of small circles of stagnant men bent on nothing more than surface conversation and small mind gossip?
It won't do for me ... and I don't think it will do for you either.
Great men whisper great secrets.
Read. Read. Read.
The force of Frederick Douglass rips through my soul with such velocity that I'm inspired and urged to share a few notables:
+In 1845 and on the heels of Frederick's remarkable autobiography, he fled to the British Isles where he sought refuge from a "still feared" slave owner whom he had narrowly escaped. He received royal treatment here and received a hero's welcome in Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales.
"This man cut out for a hero was also cut out for traveling. He toured the British Isles for nearly two years."
Afforded a free and open voice, he utilized his "tools of torture" and shared his story of slavery. Perhaps Frederick's visible instruments spoke louder than his voice:
-Brandings and torturous treatments etched into his skin with infirmed finality.
Frederick's message spread like fire across the Isles.
The more he spoke, the more empowered he became.
"Frederick was reborn. He felt so free. To chat with relatives of the Scottish poet Robert Burns  when in Ayr. To marvel at Edinburgh's monument to the wondrous writer Sir Walter Scott. To visit art galleries, botanic gardens, and other attractions.
Frederick had a front row seat to a three-hour debate in Parliament.
Grand, too, was the day Frederick met Daniel O'Connell, the Irish Catholics' "Liberator" or "Emancipator." For years this big, bulky, magnetic man and riveting speaker had crusaded for the repeal of England's anti-Roman Catholic laws, such as those barring Catholics from serving in Parliament.
... Frederick admired O'Connell's devotion to his people, reveled in his fighting spirit. He was grateful to him too."
The voice of Frederick Douglass encapsulates my mind, propels me to greater activity, and inspires movement and clarity. He's a positive and productive resource in my life.
I listen to him, sit with him, and find myself energized by him.
An invitation into my writing room would lead you to three energizing quotes recorded on my white board and dictated by him.
 Listen to the voice of Frederick Douglass:
"If there is no struggle, there is no progress."
"I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs."
"The soul that is within me no man can degrade."
A great voice produces great empowerment.
Whispering Secrets ...