Education is the Practice of Freedom

Education is the Practice ofFreedom
When you're fifty-eight and seeking to obtain yourfirst Master's Degree, the reality of bell hooks statement that "education is the practice of freedom" is easy to embrace.While there is no true comparison between the plight of a white woman who has the responsibilities of being a single parent, and the black woman who is denied the right of passage to the halls of academia, the results are strikingly the same in that there is an innate hunger for knowledge………a quest to realize "education as the practice of freedom!"To avoid minimizing the critical message regarding the African-American's struggle for the freedom, I will explore the issues, culture and experiences, which influenced the attitudes of bell hooks.In doing so, I hope to arouse the same passion in you that I have developed while researching the Harlem Renaissance through Postmodern years; that is, a passion to give back to Black Americans their spot in the text with those who had an impact on the history of America.
From the end of World War I through the middle of the 1930's Depression, the period which became know as the Harlem Renaissance,there was a tremendous body of literature produced in the form of poetry, fiction, drama, and essay. The significance of that fact is well hidden from our public school curriculum;the significance being that those magnificent contributions were made by "African-Americans."Names like Claude McKay in his "Spring in New Hampshire;"W.E.B.Du Bois (founder of the NAACP) writes his "Darkwater" and "The Gift of Black Folk;" Jessie Fauset writes "There is Confusion;" Countee Cullen won thefirst prize in the Witter Bynner Poetry Competition; and others like Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Alain Lockewith multiple contributions as well.
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