“When I was sent of errands, I always took my book with me, and by going one part of my errand quickly, I found time to get a lesson before my return” (Douglass, pg 115). This passage shows that even though his mistress stopped his education, he persisted in becoming literate. Malcolm X was a public speaker and a civil rights activist in the 1900s. Even though he went to school, education for African-Americans at the time could hardly be counted as one compared to education for white people. In his autobiography, he writes about his time in prison.
How is it that two boys with the exact same name grow up in the same area but lead two completely different futures? The Other Wes Moore is a story that answers that question. The author Wes Moore and the other Wes Moore both grow up in Baltimore surrounded by the same culture however one ends up with a bright future while the other will spend the rest of his life behind bars for robbery and murder. After the author Wes Moore learns of the other Wes Moore he spends a great deal of time visiting him and hearing his story. We then begin to learn how society and its people can have a major impact on our lives.
English mo2 11/9/11 Professor Scofano The Other Wes Moore Prompt:2 Two young men with the same name and grew up in the same neighborhood sounds a little impossible. For the two men in “The Other Wes Moore” it was not impossible it was there lives. Growing up in the same neighborhood you would think that there lives went in the same direction with the same out come, well that was not the case. The author of this book Wes Moore had a difficult life as well did the other Wes Moore, but the author is a successful decorated veteran, business leader and much more while the other is in prison for life. What made these two lives come out so different?
Negroes in the American Revolution And the Civil War During this semester, I had noticed that negroes were not officially recognized by the white man for his service in the American Revolution and the Civil War. The negroes have been downplayed for most of American history until now. As more historians enter into the research field, they are finding more documents and information that has proven that these men have done far more than what was actually written in the textbooks. I was assigned to take a look at one monogram and two external resources to back up what the book was talking about as far as evidence goes. I believe I found two great examples of negroes taking charge and showing the United States that they are just as good or even better than the white men who are given free reign over what can or cannot be done in the military.
They found me crumpled in a heap just outside the school-yard fence” (5). Prison to Malcolm and Jackson was an opportunity to better themselves through education. Both these men lacked sufficient education during their adolescent years and turned crime into making a living. When they ended up in prison, they started to educate themselves. This
Malcolm X goes on to say that he would spend the rest of his days reading, “If I weren’t out here every day battling the white man.” Malcolm X describes prison as his college. He thinks that no one got more out of prison that he did because of what he was able to accomplish with reading and writing. Malcolm X believes that normal colleges have too many distractions to truly be effective. I believe that Malcolm X overcame a huge obstacle by not being able to read and write. Having a friend for Malcolm X to emulate was probably the turning point and the motivation for him.
W. E. B. Du Bois Lahoma V. Rines For years there has been talk about African American leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jessie Jackson and even Reverend Al Sharpton that are credited for fighting injustice for the African American people. But if the true be told W. E. B. Du Bois is the person that should really get the credit for starting the movement of equality for African Americans. Du bois was an African American man with a strong social position, who did statistics to examine racial discrimination against blacks, and his opposition to the thought that blacks where biologically inferior to whites is the reason why I choose to write about him.
Since the Civil Rights movement, law enforcement has increased and new laws have been passed. What is the problem? In her book, On the Run: Fugitive life in America, Alice Goffman tells the way of life of a boy, his friends, and the rest of the neighborhood of what it’s like to live in a segregated neighborhood in Philadelphia running from the police and the law. “Forty years in, the War on Drugs has done almost nothing to prevent drugs from being sold or used, but it has nonetheless created a little-known
He graduated from junior high at the top of his class. However, when a favorite teacher told Malcolm his dream of becoming a lawyer was "no realistic goal for a nigger," Malcolm lost interest in school. With his teacher successfully putting an end to his dreams of a rightful career, Malcolm decided to forgo the continuance of education and began his criminal ways that ultimately resulted in his incarceration. If Malcolm X was alive today it would have been easier for him to teach himself to read and write with all the advancements in technology. TV and images from magazines and newspapers may be more inspiration to learn than just Bimbi’s ability to converse with a high level of intellect.
This allowed black people for the first time to join the U.S. military and fight for our country. For the first time, African Americans felt like they had a chance at freedom and equality. Though this amendment was passed, blacks still had to endure a great deal of pain and discrimination for the years to come. With our country not in agreeance with African American’s new found freedom, a number of our states decided that were not ready to abolish discrimination against blacks. A loophole was then brought into action in 1876.