Knowing Where You Come from

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Robert B. Johnson
EDU 210
August 17, 2013
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Knowing where you come from.
Marcus Garvey once said a people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. If education is that tree, constantly growing and sprouting leaves, then we must know our roots so we can keep this tree strong. Education has come so far over the course of time, and though constantly evolving, has seen many adversities. Overcoming segregation, culture diversity, and the struggle to implement programs that create equality, shows the desire to build a better future. However, have we truly learned from our problems of the past or are we headed to a state of regression?
It’s no secret that our nation is built on a dark history of slavery and segregation. However, the second the first slave owner taught his slaves English to better communication and increase productivity, he also inspired the desire to learn and sparked a flame of change. Though this change was on the rise the need for segregation was still enforced. In 1892 Homer Plessy a Creole man who could easily pass for white, sat in a white’s only car of the east Louisiana Railroad and proclaimed his was African American. Plessy was arrested for his actions, and in 1896 his case was made that the law which stated separation as long as equal was unjust and went against the 13th and 14th amendment. Unknown at the time his arrest would pave the way for a major educational change (Womer, 2002). Plessy’s case addressed a very serious issue as it showed that Whites reserved the best for themselves and left the scraps for African American’s, so how in fact was anything equal? This question would way heavy on the minds of many and would open major flood gates. In 1931 Robert Alvarez would fight for educational equality in the Lemon Grove school district and would successful…...

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