Fighting for Tomorrow


The process of reflecting on Attucks challenges us today. It calls on us not to forget the central role played by Native and African-descended people in the Revolution and the place now called the United States. It reminds us of the cost of resistance: Protestors will be loved by some, ignored by others, and attacked by those who question their tactics and motives. It urges us to listen to those who take up the burden of demanding that the nation live up to its founding ideals. It reminds us that as long as the nation fails to realize the promise of the American Revolution for all of its people, we will always need another Attucks.


What does Attucks mean for us today?



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Attucks the man becomes an American legend.

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A Man of Many Worlds

Attucks’s views were likely shaped by his life as a mariner of African and Native descent living in British-occupied Boston.

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Fighting for Change

Generations of Americans called on the memory of Attucks in their own struggles for freedom and equality.

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Attucks in Art

Artists portrayed Attucks to remind the nation that people of African and Native descent are central to the American story.

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Fighting for Tomorrow

What does the memory of Crispus Attucks mean to us today?

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