Friday, February 23, 2007

William Wilberforce

Anti Slavery Pioneer William Wilberforce

Few men have changed history as profoundly as the English parliamentarian William Wilberforce. Beginning in 1791, and moved by his conversion to Christ, he began the crusade to abolish the slave trade in Great Britain. It was a crusade that would try his soul and cost him his health for the next twenty years. His fiercely unpopular crusade against the slave trade consumed his health and cost him politically—but he could not stand idly by and see the imago Dei, the image of God, enslaved and abused in the holds of ships. He endured verbal assaults and was even challenged to a duel by an angry slave-ship captain. At the center of this heroic life was a passionate twenty-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, a battle Wilberforce won in 1807, as well as efforts to abolish slavery itself in the British colonies, a victory achieved just three days before his death in 1833.

Check out the movie Amazing Grace, which tells the first half of Wilberforce's life and struggle. It is incredibly well done and the tale should be heard by everyone.

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Blogger Scott Tolleson said...

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10:57 AM  
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10:57 AM  
Blogger Scott Tolleson said...

I hate myself for not stopping by this past month. I'm really digging your recent stuff Heath. Love the color scheme on this one and the design. Great work sir!

10:58 AM  
Blogger Shawn Escott said...

Nice Heath! That movie sounds really cool. Thank God for Wilberforce! Not sure why he is going to bop the little guy. :)

8:04 PM  
Blogger Heath said...

Scott- Thanks for stopping by! I feel the same way when I neglect your blog.

Shawn- The little guy is supposed to be a slave trader. Wilberforce helped abolish the slave trade, so I thought it would be fun to have him about to smack a slave trader on the noggin.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Hard Ei8ht said...

Love it! Your stuff is so fun to look at, Heath!

6:56 PM  
Blogger Chris_Garrison said...

This must be the wackiest drawing of William Wilberforce ever.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Miah Alcorn said...

Nice dude! Good to see ya pushing your style a bit... the size contrast is what's makin' my day in this one. Keep it up mista man!

5:07 PM  
Blogger Lafe said...

Love this pic!

What tools did you use?

12:05 PM  
Blogger Ben Reynolds said...

cool illustration man!

4:57 PM  
Blogger frank said...

this is great! ran into your blog via jared chapman. funny, i read an article about wilberforce and amazing grace in this month's paste magazine!

1:09 PM  
Blogger Jared Chapman said...

Beautiful piece, Heath! My wife and I ware going to have to check out the movie.

6:59 AM  
Blogger G1toons said...

nice illo, and history content

5:01 PM  
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