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Wilberforce was involved in the founding of the Proclamation Society. At first his main priority was to improve morality in society.Other members of the Clapham Sect, of which Wilberforce was one, were also involved in the society. It was through his involvement with this group that Wilberforce firstly got involved in the abolition movement.

Wilberforce started to hear from people like Olaudah Equiano. Equiano was a slave who was captured as a child in what is now Nigeria and eventually won his freedom and wrote a first hand harrowing account of the brutalities of the slave trade. Olaudah Equiano became a hugely significant figure in the abolition campaign and sold many copies of his book.
Here Wilberforce (who was reputedly a fine singer) sings ‘Equiano’, which features lines taken from Equiano's book.


He was taken from his native land
By an unjust and cruel band
Through his writings he made it known
The cruel treatment he’d been shown

Equiano, Equiano

And so he cried ‘Help Me Lord’
Some mitigation please afford
Many Times he felt despair
While the songs of birds filled the air

Equiano, Equiano

He even bought his freedom but still found
He was just thrown back down on the ground
His strivings all seemed in vain
Nothing he did could ease his pain.

Equiano, Equiano


from The Progressive Campaign, released March 21, 2023
Tim Hunter: Lead and Backing vocals, guitars, synthesiser
Jane Hamilton: Backing Vocals
Jasmine Isa Butterworth; Backing Vocals
Alex Swift : Drums


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'Through his musical albums, Knaresborough composer Tim Hunter helps bring to life the stories and legends of Yorkshire's rich heritage.' Yorkshire Post 1st May 2020.
Tim Hunter is a singer/songwriter/producer. His musical compositions range from pop ballads through to classic rock and have been enjoyed by audiences both in Europe and the United States.
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