To Be More Than Equal
The Many Lives of Martin R. Delany

  • Explorer
  • Doctor
  • Author
  • Thinker
  • Trailblazer
  • First Black Field Officer
    in the US Army
  • And Conscience to All

"His was a magnificent life, and yet, how many of us have heard of him?"
--W.E.B. DuBois, The Pittsburgh Courier, July 25, 1936.


"Do not fail to meet this most extraordinary and intelligent black man."
--President Abraham Lincoln to
Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, February 8, 1865



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What Martin Delany Wrote and Thought

"The Condition, Elevation, Emigration and Destiny of the
Colored People of the United States"


"The Origin of Races and Color"




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This site was written and assembled by Jim Surkamp to make people aware of an important and overlooked historical figure.
This ongoing web site is made possible with support from the
West Virginia Humanities Council and the George Washington Carver Institute, headed by James Tolbert and George Rutherford.
Special thanks to
Jim Fisher. And a very special thanks to Laura Neal, Jamie Foor and the rest of the staff of the Ruth Scarborough Library, Shepherd College.
All written portions are by James Surkamp and donated for the public domain.
Contact Jim Surkamp for suggestions or comments at 
Delany's writings included herein legally fall into the public domain and thus can be reproduced and disseminated.