Olaudah Equiano was a counter-counter culture figure in the late 18th century. Olaudah Equiano was a very unique person because, although he was once a slave, he earned his freedom, and even learned to read and write. He was fortunate enough to have a master that taught him about commerce, and on the side Equiano earned enough money to buy his freedom while still completing tasks for his master. Equiano travelled to England after he bought his freedom to spread his horror story of the atrocities of slavery.
“No black voice before Frederick Douglass spoke so movingly to American readers about inhumanity, and no work before Douglass’s own Narrative had such an impact.”
Equiano was so far from the norm because the majority of slaves were uneducated, and had no means to earn their freedom. Olaudah Equiano, however, learned to read and write prominently. He used his gifts to speak out as an activist against slavery, something very few Africans had the opportunity to do in White Europe. Equiano spoke all throughout England, and his movement was influential enough to impact Parliament’s Slave Trade Act of 1807, which abolished slavery in England.