So, how is that freedom to get a free education working for you?
Happy you and your children can walk into any educational structure, sit down and expect to be taught without fear of harm? Well, It's time to pay up for your right to be educated. Nothing in life comes free. Face it, if you were born in America before the Civil Rights Movement, your ability to get educated was forstalled by hate.
When I read articles of people arguing about the educational system, I see people acting as if they are in a bubble. Screaming and hollering about the teaching quality for their child, in their schools, without worrying about the overall picture.
Your child will learn nothing if they don't see the value in having a good education. If they are not taught what it cost in lives, abuse, deaths in order for them to be able to be freely educated, they will see school as a torture and no matter how much money is poured into the system, it will fail.
The Civil Rights Movement and the fight for integration was not a staging for Black people, it was a fight for the rights of a people of color and minorities.
Nothing in life really changes unless the education of man changes. If the way of thinking remains the same, the way of accomplishing things remain the same.
It's time to pay these people back. Teach your child the real American history, teach them America and history was not made in black and white. Teach them, and demand your schools teach them what their ancestors and our ancestors did to make America great. Educate your children from birth, before they start school and while they are in school. You are, after all, their first teacher. Introduce them to the first and only American history book that celebrates every race/ethnicity.
The only book that will show them the value of being educated and in school. Everyone is valuable.
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Through the gate they opened, we can freely pass. THE LITTLE ROCK NINE:
as they later came to be called, were the first black teenagers to attend all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. These remarkable young African-American students challenged segregation in the Deep South and won. Although Brown v. Board of Education outlawed segregation in schools, many racist school systems defied the law by intimidating and threatening black students-Central High School was a notorious example. But the Little Rock Nine were determined to attend the school and receive the same education offered to white students, no matter what. On the first day of school, the governor of Arkansas ordered the state's National Guard to block the black students from entering the school. President Eisenhower had to send in federal troops to protect the students. During their ordeal the Little Rock Nine were advised by Little Rock journalist and activist Daisy Bates. Bates and the Little Rock Nine received the Spingarn Medal in 1958. In 1996, seven of the Little Rock Nine appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show. They came face to face with a few of the white students who tormented them as well as one student who befriended them.
The students referred to as the Little Rock Nine were:
1) Ernest Green was born September 22, 1941, to Ernest G. Green, Sr. and Lothaire S. Green. Following his brush with national fame, Green attended Michigan State University as the beneficiary of a scholarship provided by an anonymous donor. While at Michigan State, he continued to engage in activism and protests supporting the Civil Rights movement. He later learned that the anonymous donor was John A. Hannah, the president of Michigan State, and ironically, an occasional target of protests by Civil Rights activists including Green. Green graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1962 and a Master of Arts in 1964. In 1965, he received an apprenticeship in building trades from the Adolph Institute, a program designed to help minority women in the South with career development issues. From 1968 to 1976, he served as Director of the A. Philip Randolph Education Fund. From 1977 to 1981, he served as an Assistant Secretary of Labor during Jimmy Carter's administration. Since 1981, he has been employed as a private consultant. From 1981 to 1985 he was a partner with Green and Herman; from 1985 to 1986 he owned E. Green and Associates from, since 1985 has been with Lehman Brothers.
2) Elizabeth Eckford- born 1942. In 1958 Elizabeth Eckford moved to St. Louis where she achieved the necessary qualifications to study for a B.A. in history. After graduating she became the first African American in St. Louis to work in a bank in a non-janitorial position. Eckford returned to Little Rock in the 1960s and worked in the public schools as a substitute teacher. In 1996, seven of the Little Rock Nine, including Elizabeth Eckford, appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show. They came face to face with a few of the white students who tormented them as well as one student who befriended them. On the morning of January 1, 2003, Elizabeth Eckford's son Erin Eckford was shot and killed by police in Little Rock.
3) Jefferson Thomas- born in 1942 was one of the Little Rock Nine. He graduated from Central High School in 1960. He is now an accountant with the U.S. Department of Defense.
4) Terrence Roberts- born 1941 in Little Rock, Arkansas gained national prominence as one of the Little Rock Nine. After one year at Little Rock Central High School, he moved to Los Angeles with his family and completed high school. He earned a doctoral degree and now teaches at University of California and Antioch University. He is also a clinical psychologist.
5) Carlotta Walls Lanier was the youngest member of the "Little Rock Nine" the nine African American students who integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957. She returned her senior year in 1959. She now lives in Englewood, Colorado, and is involved in real estate.
6) Minnijean Brown-Trickey. On September 25, 1957, under the gaze of 1,200 armed soldiers and a worldwide audience, Minnijean Brown Trickey faced down an angry mob and helped to desegregate Central High. She was later expelled from Little Rock Central High School in 1958 for several reasons, among them an incident in which she allegedly dumped a bowl of chili on a white student in the cafeteria who had been harassing her. This seminal event in American history was just the beginning of Minnijean's long career as a crusader for civil rights. She has spent her life fighting for the rights of minority groups and the dispossessed. For her work, she has received the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, the Wolf Award, the Spingarn Medal, and many other citations and awards. Minnijean Brown Trickey's life has been a powerful example of what one person can do to make the world a better place. Under the Clinton administration, she served for a time as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior responsible for diversity.
7) Gloria Ray Karlmark born Gloria Ray in 1942 was 15 when she attempted to enter Little Rock Central High School. During her life, Karlmark served as an executive officer for a Dutch company and publisher of a European computer magazine. She now resides in the Netherlands.
8) Thelma Mothershed-Wair was the youngest to begin going to Central High. She has a heart problem, which in turn made it harder for her to adjust. Wair graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill with a bachelor's degree in home economics and earned a master's in Guidance & Counseling and an Administrative Certificate in Education from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville in 1970 and 1985, respectively. Wair served as an educator in the East St. Louis School System for 28 years before retiring in 1994 from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.
9) Melba Pattillo Beals is a journalist. Born December 7, 1941 was not yet 14 years old when in May, 1955, she volunteered to go to Central High, an all-white school. Two years later, she was enrolled as a student at Central High. At the age of fifteen, Melba Pattillo saw her life change drastically. Though she made it through high school, it wasn't easy. White students spat at and mocked the integrating students. The Nine also faced mobs that forced President Eisenhower to send in the 101st Airborne Division to protect their lives after the governor of Arkansas, Orval Faubus, used troops to block the Nine's entry to the school. At age seventeen she began writing for major newspapers and magazines. She later earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. She was the only black person there who later graduated. While in college, she met John Beals, a white man, whom she later married. She had one daughter, Kellie, who is now a grown woman, and twin sons, Matthew and Evan. To date; she is the only one of the Little Rock Nine to write a book. Warriors Don't Cry chronicles the events of 1957 during the Little Rock crisis, based partly on diaries she kept during that period. She also wrote White is a State of Mind, which begins where Warriors left off. In 1958, the NAACP awarded the prestigious Spingarn Medal to Pattillo Beals and to the other members of the Little Rock Nine, together with civil rights leader Daisy Bates, who had advised the group during their struggles at Central High.
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