Education in the 1940's
Having an education for the Black man of the 1940’s was a blessing and a curse. It was very rare to hear of a Black person with an education because Black people were enslaved for so long that they never had a chance to learn how to read and write. These privileges were taken away from them for so long and now that slavery was now over, they were still being treated unfairly by the white man. Those Black men who learned how to read and write took full advantage of it and got their education and may have opened a few doors so that they could provide for their families
At that time in the 1940’s the requirements for certain jobs for Black people would restrict them to only mediocre jobs like school teacher, maid, farmers etc. In the book “ A Lesson Before Dying “ Grant Wiggins was more educated than most people, Black or white, in his region and accorded high social statues but in the book Reverend Ambrose told grant otherwise. He said “When you act educated, I’ll call you Grant. I’ll even call you Mr. Grant, when you act like a man.” What Reverend Ambrose is saying is that Grant isn’t educated or a man. A college education does not make one man as smart as another. If he you knows what school taught you & not what society taught you then what do you really know.
For the Black men and women who were blessed enough to have and education took full advantage of it and it would open many doors for job and other mans of for providing for their families. Jefferson became a school teacher to educate the children in the quarter to become something more than a farmer where most of them are destine to go. Dr. Joseph, the schools superintendant said to grant “Higgins, I must compliment you. You have an excellent crop of students, an excellent crop, Higgins…” (p 56) In other words, what Dr. Joseph is saying is that at the end of the day, the children be nothing more that farmers, excellent farmers at that. Grants...
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