Topic Two – William Wilberforce Celebrates His 250th Birthday
Admirers of 18th century abolitionist William Wilberforce remembered him Monday – the 250th anniversary of his birth date – by reflecting on his life and carrying on the British statemen’s call for the end of slavery. Although Wilberforce was a prolific philanthropist, establishing 69 philanthropies during his lifetime, he is best known for leading an 18-year fight for the abolition of the British Empire’s slave trade, which legally ended in 1807 in England and 1808 in the United States. So why does he not get more attention? Eric Metaxas is the author of Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery. He joins us.