Letters to the Editor

Black history offers positive role models

The question – “How do you fix Ferguson?” – got me thinking. Martin Luther King Jr. would encourage people to act in love. Love brings people together; prejudice tears people apart. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

I hope that the civil rights leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, are teaching about the positive aspects of black history. For example: George Washington Carver, at 14 years old, left home because he wanted to go to school. He overcame many obstacles, and did not give up. Against all odds he graduated from Iowa State University with his masters degree. After he graduated, he accepted a job with Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and taught southern blacks new ways to farm.

Another example: Rev. Jasper was a former slave who, after he became a Christian in 1839, used an old spelling book to teach himself to read. Then he studied the Bible. A modern day example is Dr. Ben Carson. He rose from the slums of Detroit to become one of the top neurosurgeons in the world.

Positive stories of black people who overcame obstacles to succeed can encourage young people to dream and achieve great things. I would like to see our civil rights leaders focus more on positive examples. Everybody can learn something from these amazing people.

Darryl Bullock

Olympia

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