Of the Coming of John

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Of the Coming of John Summary In "Of the Coming of John", DuBois tells the experience of a white man and a black man who had both decided to pursue educations. The black John is very obedient, and when his mother wanted to send him to school, people said it would ruin him. The white John was a son of privilege: his father was a judge, and he enrolled at Princeton. The black John, however, started with very little, and attended an unknown school. The black John had many difficulties in school. He could not keep up with the work, and was even asked to leave for a semester because he was so poorly behaved. However, he decided he would dedicate himself to his schoolwork so that he ultimately could do well in life. Throughout his time in school, he never visited his home, as he took his studies very seriously. Eventually, the two Johns meet in New York City. In New York, they both go to the theater, and while he was there, John was asked to leave because of his skin color. They meet again years later, but before this happen, the black John returns home after graduation, despite his initial reluctance. When John returns home, all of his relatives and his neighbors throw a welcome back party. His community, however, is not very impressed with John's new personality. As he is newly educated, he understands racial and social injustices and shares his opinions with those within his community. At the party, he lets everyone know that people's religious beliefs or educational status do not necessarily matter, as the most important part was their own personality. The black John decided he wants to open up a school for the people in his community, since he wanted to give back. When he is given the permission to open this school, he is told to follow a racially unequal curriculum that promotes submission to the United States' racial hierarchy. John, however, decided to teach
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