Essay On Changing America

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Danielle Daley Professor Vogel English 102 30 September 2011 Changing America Begins with One: Taking the road less traveled by is not easy; nor is making a difference, one must not let anyone or anything stand in his/her way. Douglass, King, and Obama surpassed just making a difference. These three men changed history. Douglass, King, and Obama are all decades apart, yet they all were faced with obstacles to overcome due to their race. Douglass was able to overcome slavery, King helped to end segregation, and Obama is our nations first African American President. These three men never took the easy way of doing things, they were very persistent, and ultimately changed history for the better. Although Douglass, King, and Obama all lived…show more content…
Douglass however wanted an education and was willing to break the law, and face severe punishments just so he could read and write. In Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass: an American Slave Douglass writes “I used also to carry bread with me, enough of which was always in the house, and to which I was always welcome; for I was much better off in this regard than many of the poor white children in our neighborhood. This bread I used to bestow upon the hungry little urchins, who, in return, would give me that more valuable bread of knowledge” (Douglass 8). Although in King’s time education for African Americans was not illegal, it was unheard of for an African American to succeed as well as King did. King went on to college after skipping two grades at the early age of 15, and obtained three college degrees, one of which being a doctrine degree in philosophy (Biography 1). Obama also went above and beyond. Obama obtained his college diploma from Columbia University. He did not stop there, upon receiving his diploma from an Ivy League school; he went to Harvard Law School and graduated. These men knew how important education was. In Obama’s prepared speech “Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama: Back to School Event” Obama says “What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you are learning today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future” (Obama
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