If Sojourner Truth were alive, she would say many things to me. Truth was an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist. She was born as Isabella Baumfree, a slave who escaped to freedom, and later in life, fought for the freedom of slaves and equality for women. She would tell me that education and success are some of the most essential keys in life.
Speaking on the topic of today's education, Sojourner Truth would be pleased to see the progress made since her time. African-Americans can now enroll in a free public educational system and go to college to further their education. African-American high school graduation rates have increased from 1980 to now which has statistically been proven. College graduation rates have increased by 18.3 and 13.1 percent, females and males respectively. More African-Americans have been able to attend college and graduate.
On the other hand, Sojourner Truth would be disappointed on how those who live in poverty are the least likely to attend college due to financial burden. There is not a large population of African Americans in colleges and universities across the US. A minute percentage earn a bachelor's degree. An area that Truth would want to see change is an increase for college graduates amongst African American males. This improvement can be made by providing more scholarships to young college-bound African American males.
Furthermore, Sojourner Truth would give me tips and guidelines on how to become successful in my life. She would tell me inspirational phrases such as “Do your best” or “Never give up.” Education is the key to success. It will prepare you with the proper training and knowledge that you will need to perform well in your future career. You do not only need to have an education, but also the proper attitude to match your profession. However, having an education does not always guarantee your success. You can also have a natural talent and be even more successful.
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