The Education of the Negro

The Education of the Negro from 1865 – Present
Sandra Dee Wren
Ashford University
Professor Laura Guardino
April 18, 2010

The black man roamed his homelands of Africa free from any entanglements that would seek to complicate his life.   He would go out from his family environment seeking food and, much to his dismay, he became the hunted instead of the hunter.   This man, speaking in his native tongue, could neither understand his oppressor, nor be understood.   This language barrier, should it persist, would be of issue to the white man, as he captured the African to fulfill his pioneering and economic needs that would bring him financial gain.   This brought about the challenge of educating this man that, to the white man was a barbarian.   This paper will explore the education of the Negro from slavery until present.

The Education of the Negro from 1865-Present
To understand the education of the Negro from 1865-present, we have to define the time period and what occurred at that time in history.   The year 1865 was just after the Civil War and the emancipation of slavery itself. This was a period of confusion, but just ways in the favor of Negroes. Although there was still retention against the freedom of Negroes, Negroes were classified on the law books as free, but this freedom was just two years in the making, 1863, and the war, although over, had just begun.
Formal education was just one trial for the Negro and one trial most Negroes knew all too well. While in slavery, Negroes knew that reading or an attempt to learn meant lashes and medieval beatings. Although the idea of learning and reading came from a white person, who had a sympathetic mind to teach Negroes morals and values though Biblical learning, reading and learning by Negroes was shunned upon by most Whites and therefore outlawed early in its attempts. But, the curiosity of learning never left the Negro's mind and became, just another thought, to repel against their situation...