Reflection: One Week of Knowledge ...
Never do I want to be stomped with the mark of inferiority. Never do I want to wake up to the smell of smoke because my house is being terrorized by people who don't like me merely because of the color of my skin. Never do I want to live on the edge, anxious about loosing my life. I, more or less, never want to live that fear because hundreds of years ago this was the typical life for many African Americans. Now, we don't need to live under such fear because certain individuals like Charles Houston, Thurgood Marshall, Emmett Till, Dr. Martin Luther King and many other unnamed souls gave up their life for the struggle to attain freedom and equality amongst the races.
For the past week, I received an insurmountable knowledge from two extraordinary professors that team teach the Civil Rights Movement class at Vassar. Between Professor Collins and Professor Laymon I am able to see two different dimensions of the movement. However, it is up to me to deduce my own conclusions. For instance, the great question that lingers about in all of our minds is “What was the catalyst of the Civil Rights movement?" Everyone gave their own distinctive answers and along the way our professors made us think in a logical approach towards the question. Through out the week, we basically had to follow such routine. For example with the case of Brown vs. Board of Education, Plessey vs. Ferguson, Martin Luther King's whole concept of his dream and the ruthless murder of Emmett Till we discovered that all of these events were not only pivotal to the civil rights movement but to our own lives swell.
Not only did we discover the many events that sparked the movement we also had some personal accounts of individuals who suffered the consequences of segregation and racism. We read "Coming of Age in Mississippi", "The Ethics of Jim Crow”, “The Sky is Gray" and amongst other classics that portrayed to us how in this time of struggle they were able to conquer the evils of the South or plunder into a torn asunder.
Overall, this experience was fantastic. Although we had a short amount of time, I would of never believed I would of learned so much.