SEO Scholars at Vassar

As high school students in the SEO Scholars Program spend a week at Vassar College intensely engaging the American civil rights movement, they post short critical reading and writing exercises to this site—it is a repository for their ideas, a chance for them to comment on each other’s work, and a way to share and continue that work with teachers and peers at home. Enjoy.

Thursday, August 03, 2006


I started this course with the concept that freedom is merely a way of thought. As the class progressed I realized that education is the foundation for all degrees of freedom. Jim Crow laws affected the level of education for African American children by making them feel inferior. Segregation regulated the freedom of African Americans physically as well as inflicting physiological damage. Thus as we examined text such as The Murder of Emmett Till, I began to realize that the self-perception of blacks evolved because they became more aware of the need for change
My writing this week started off more personal and eventually became more formal. I have realized that I have very insightful ideas, but I could work more on delving deeper into my issues.


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