Monday, July 7, 2008

Remember And Respect The Norfolk 17

If you don't know their story, read it here. When black folks screw around and blow off their educational opportunities they should remember the people that sacrificed for all of us to have a better education. Remember and respect them!


wisdomteachesme July 7, 2008 at 3:34 PM  

good job prof.
there are so many cases like this that have occurred through out the years.

i wonder if they are all in one place in order to use them to teach with...?

i know of many situations like the norfolk 17 that took place here in NC-(and other states)- that happened and the results were positive. getting the positive results took a lot of work!
And from the stories my grandparents and my mother told me about growing up it was worth it!
Even when wer started our own schools and ran them the children were really getting a better education than when intergrated. though i have pro and con points concerning segregation and intergration. i feel there is a place for both to exist.

In each human there is an inner need to seek justice when wrongs are uplifted and increased.

and if allowed to grow and be watered this need for justice will step forward and open the door or a window or even just create a crack in the wall so that all the others will slip through as the TRUTH is also allowed to shine!

it's how my grandfather started a school for blacks on one side of this county. and that school is still being used today by the school district here.

it's what made another black man open a boarding school for blacks here in this little town. and how hundreds of black parents sent their children here to be educated at this school and the one my grandfather started. though this school is not a boarding school anymore, it still is also being used by this county.

charlotte hawkins brown (as i am sure you know of prof) started a school for young blacks at the age of 17. called the palmer institute--who was inspired by lucy craft laney in agusta ga. who founded the hanes institute.
the palmer institute is in a little town called sedalia inbetween durham and greensboro, nc. it is a nc historic site now.

that self love those people had is not here as widespread in the people much anymore--that voice of the inner need of justice has fallen quiet somewhere under all the noise that the people with this character= 'imagitmine' and the 'me-me-me' OH and the "imabefamous&rich no matter how or who i hurt"
keep screaming out.

but when the few give up their hope because it seems no one is listening or they do not want to make waves, God always brings forth a person who just will not quit or be stopped by evil.

these people that God raise up always know that evil thrives when good people do nothing.

you can't trade your honor and integrity for money hoping it's a better way.

just like you can't self-help yourself to being whole again.....we were not built like that...

keep posting the news and info prof. thanks for the memories of what i've been taught my whole life...

remembering who God used to make the Way possible for people like me and my children. for us all...we should never forget and need to always keep the oral histories going!

Jer. 32:27

Ananda July 8, 2008 at 12:28 AM  

thanks for hipping me to the norfolk 17. it brings new meaning to the city for me.

Shirley July 12, 2008 at 9:27 AM  

I work in education. When I am advising students (ESPECIALLY under-represented students) that are fully capable of earning a degree but seem indifferent to the prospect, I think about how I'm sitting there basically saying, "Here, have some power, have some knowledge, so that you can compete out there." It's so depressing to me when kids shrug off those opportunities.

I think we should all remind students that it was once illegal in the U.S. for black people to even read. And then we should ask students WHY they think it was illegal to teach black people to read. Because reading is power?!? Education is power?!?

I don't know how we've gone from the Norfolk 17 to our current situation with education and how under-represented we still are in colleges (and the record drop-out rate in high schools.)

40-50 years ago, we had far fewer economic oppotunities and there were far more institutions (that were supported by the govt) that shut all minorities out. And yet these women knew the value of an education. Why did we lose this attitude?

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