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The Mis-Education of the Negro Paperback – November 27, 2010
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The thing that most influenced me in this book is that we as black people need to take an aggressive approach to changing and leading our community. We as black americans need to stop looking to white people for our solutions, because we already have the solutions to many of our problems. And last of all we should stop hating one another and start appreciating the great ideals in our community. What makes this book so great is that it shines the spotlight on what is wrong in the black community, but also on ways of how to fix the things that are wrong in the community concerning education, poverty, job creation, business creation and self sufficiency.
The most memorable qualities of this book are that it teaches the power of education. It illustrates how an improper education makes a people unfit to solve their own problems AND how a proper education leads to freedom. Read this. It could save your life.
Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), one of the first Black Americans to obtain an earned doctorate from Harvard, was the founder of Black history month and a stickler for accuracy in Black studies. The Miseducation of the Negro (1933) was a classic analysis of the situation of Blacks from slavery to the 1930s. What it says about Black American politics, religion, and education remains largely true today. As a teacher of Black History, I have often recoomended this text to my students.
The Willie Lynch letter on the other hand, is a recent fabrication and an insult to the intelligence of Black Americans. This junk has no business between the same covers of the work of a serious scholar such as Dr. Woodson. The WLL was a piece of made up mess that originally appeared as a chain letter with a ridiculous tale of a slave owner who supposedly came to the James River in Virginia from an unspecified West Indian island in 1712 to give his fellow slaveowners a short speech (problem 1-why would a man travel that far to make such a short speech?). He tells them in language that was more common to the 1900s than the 1700s that he has a "fool proof method" (Problem 2-No one used the words "fool proof" in the 1700s) to control slaves by separating the old from the young, the dark from the light, the male from the female, to control them for 1,000 years."
A number of serious black historians, such as Dr. William L. Frierson of Fisk University, Prof. Manu Ampim of Merritt College in Oakland, Ca, and Dr. William Jelani Cobb of Spelman College have exposed this letter as a fraud dating back to 1993.Read more ›
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The Mia-education of the negro is important, relevant and motivating information for a people seeking their identity. Read morePublished 1 day ago by jacques w.
More than 80 years later this book remains relevant. It should be required reading for every African American before leaving high school.Published 1 day ago by SMakeda
I think this book offers black people an outline for what needs to be done in order for us to free ourselves from the slave mentality that was forced upon us through slavery. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Self explanatory and beautiful. You are on the dream team or You are not. Straight no chaserPublished 2 days ago by Kwame Ba
I really feel like someone took a hammer and chisel to my brain and began to break off the bits and pieces that were not yet awake. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Le Chalke Artiste
I bought the book used and it was a great read and condition was sold as used-fair. but it was rather in pristine condition!!Published 4 days ago by ashlee
This is a great read for those looking to open their mind to growth of the African American community. The book is also a great way to analyze social and economic obstacles.Published 8 days ago by Dominique C. McKinney