Growing up in this day and age, I think I have forgotten my roots and just how fortunate I actually am. The simple daily pleasures we take for granted were once things people sacrificed their lives for. When reading the Fredrick Douglas “Learning to Read & Grow in Knowledge”, Exercises in Restoration by John Ross, Frankie Mae by Jean Wheeler Smith, or the film “The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords” & so many other sources of information provided through this media course did I remember access to knowledge wasn’t always a given. Being able to read, write, and the opportunity to learn was frowned upon amongst those who weren’t apart of the elite and superior class (White Men). Just being able to have a language to even articulate thoughts is strength. Fredrick Douglas could never dream of rebellion or understand his right to freedom, because prior to learning to read and write he couldn’t form his thoughts in words. Furthermore, knowledge is power and we should never take for granted these liberties.
We Weren’t Always Allowed to be Educated – Brittney Phillips