Letter To Negro Parents Chosing To Go To Trade School For The Time Of Slavery Instead Of College.

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I am writing to you, because I have reached that point where I must choose the path that will take me through the rest of my life. I have come to realize after living with Aunt B. to fulfill my desire to learn, and after completing high school I am not satisfied with just my basic education. Going to school to learn the trades is now an obstacle I would like to face to better myself. After being forced to live with Aunt B. so I could attend an average high school, that is not only segregated but lower in value then that of the white school a few blocks down, I have come to realize that I must prove my self worth to both the black and white community. Trade schooling is the best way I see fit to accomplish this goal I have set for myself. While attending this all black school, we have learned a great deal about men who have spoken out for our race to make a difference. Two men in particular have opened up my eyes to the world around me, and have made me realize what I as a member of my race need to do so that we some day may become equal, and be freed from the oppression we face. These two great men I speak about are Booker T. Washington, and W.E.B DuBois. Both of these men have made strides to better our race's respect in our communities. Yet both of these men have had different approaches. After comparing their approaches I reached the decision I hope you will, or I may persuade you to agree with. Going to school to study the trades and follow the approach of Mr. Washington is the best way I see fit to apply myself. In this letter I will address the reasons why I have made this decision, and why you should agree with it as well.Well I do not suppose you two have heard much of these two men, Mr. Washington and Mr. DuBois, outside of the county paper we receive back home weekly, so I would like to explain a little about the two men's approaches to further extend your understanding of the subject at hand. Booker T. Washington is a southern born man who grew up poverty stricken. Because of the poverty he faced he was forced to work at a young age to support his family. When he got older, he began to go to school miles and miles away from his home and worked as a janitor just to keep up with his tuition. He later became a teacher and became increasingly well known from speeches he gave throughout the country. His life style of how he came to be opened his eyes and showed him, as well as others of the black race, that you can become respected among the population just so long as you utilize the materials you have and slowly work your way up. Mr. W.E.B. DuBois had a completely different approach on the same goal of speaking out to the community and being heard. His thesis towards this approach was to get a higher education by going to a major college which would in effect make you more respectable and would make you more popular in the black community. His childhood also played a role in the life he leads today. He was born in the north so he did not...

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