Today in America we take education for granted. A child turns five and we send them off to school. We take pictures of them getting on the bus, and if you are a fearful mother like me with my oldest son, you follow the bus to school to make sure he gets off and safely into the building.
Now imagine there is no school near your home. Feel the pain when you have to send your little one off to live with a distant aunt. They come home to visit over holidays and summer vacations, but only until they are old enough to work as well as go to school. Perhaps that is the age of ten, or maybe twelve if you are lucky. From that time on your child is gone. This is the sacrifice you make so your child can have an education.
This was the reality for the black child in the segregated South. The law stated that a separate and equal education had to be provided, but it didn’t say in every community. This is only one example of the hardships many families endured so their children could have a better future. Please visit “Not Your Typical Book Club!” and read “Education paves the way to…” to learn more.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Santayana