Wilberforce: Social Activist Extraordinaire

Ioan Gruffudd as Wilberforce in the 2007 film, Amazing Grace

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction” (James 1:27)

If anyone thought the slave trade was Wilberforce’s singular concern, he’d be wrong. Wilberforce was tireless in his efforts to alleviate an endless list of social ills (he was often a classic case of someone “stretching himself too thin”), and to this end he created several societies for the betterment of society’s weakest and most vulnerable. Here’s a small sampling of some of the societies he created (many with great names, my favorite being the last one):

–       Asylum for the Support and Encouragement of the Deaf and Dumb Children of the Poor

–       Society for Bettering the Condition and Increasing the Comforts of the Poor

–       Society for the Relief of the Industrious Poor

–       British National Endeavor for the Orphans of Soldiers and Sailors

–       Asylum House of Refuge for Orphaned Girls Whose Parents Cannot Be Found

–       Institute for the Protection of Young Girls

–       Friendly Female Society for the Relief of the Poor, Infirm, Aged Widows and Single Women, of Good Character, Who Have Seen Better Days

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