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  •  So happy I caught this this week, Sis Deo (12+ / 0-)

    And what a wonderful history lesson. I'd kinda sorta heard of the Black Cabinet but before this piece I couldn't have told you what it was!

    Most of what I've learned about Black people in American history I've learned outside of the classroom. There is so much to know! I only heard of Mama Bethune when I happened to see her name on a school and got curious about who she was. She was even more amazing than I thought.

    That same hunger for learning exists in so many children (of any color), but somehow it seems to get lost along the way as they progress through the school system. I've read stories of my ancestors, some of whom were taught to read while still enslaved, others who fought to learn after they were liberated, but most of whom valued their education so very much. I am only just learning the fullness of what they went through to achieve it.

    Anyway, wonderful piece here. This woman was definitely a force to be reckoned with. Happy birthday to her!

    “If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

    by Nanette K on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 03:29:52 PM PDT

    •  Like you my family has always told (9+ / 0-)

      stories about learning to read - and valued education.  I have visited the site of the one room schoolhouse in VA my great grandfather helped found, and a great uncle taught in, as well as my mom's cousin.

      I try to pass those stories on - we need to be aware of how hard our folks fought for the right to read.

      Thanks Sis Nan.

      "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 03:36:00 PM PDT

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      •  yep... (5+ / 0-)

        for generations!  This is largely ignored and substandard schools are now the sign of how much folks value education and not what folks actually you know say and do.  Sigh...

        We laugh now at stories about how much my grandmother did to make sure all her kids graduated from high school.  My grandmother was not having it, all eight of her kids, had better have had a high school diploma.  Now the last two, lol, boy did they give her trouble but she stayed on them and was not accepting anything less!  She proudly had on her mantle piece every diploma.  

        But we don't value education...yeah right!

        I for one am tired of pandering to perpetrators --- many of whom are opposed to any discussion however it comes. -- soothsayer99 DPK Caucus

        by princss6 on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 04:52:35 PM PDT

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