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In "Learning to Read," a former slave describes what it was like to be prevented from obtaining an education and learning to read as an adult.Pair “Learning to Read” with “A Child of Slavery who Taught a Generation” and ask students to discuss the importance of education, particularly in the lives of African-Americans.
Plato's Allegory of the Cave is a piece of philosophy explaining the importance of knowledge in society and for the human soul.Pair “A Child of Slavery Who Taught a Generation” with “Allegory of the Cave” and ask students to consider how Plato’s allegory on education can be applied to this historical figure.
These two excerpts capture the ideological debate about Black social mobility after the Civil War.Pair “A Child of Slavery Who Taught a Generation” with “Booker T. Washington vs. W.E.B. Du Bois” and ask students whether Cooper would have sided with Washington or Du Bois. How much do their ideas apply to our modern society?
Katherine Johnson was a trailblazing African American mathematician who worked for NASA during the Apollo space missions.Pair “Who is Katherine Johnson?” with “A Child of Slavery Who Taught A Generation” and ask students to compare the progress made by the two women in the texts. How did the women face similar challenges in their professional lives? How might Anna J. Cooper have helped pave the way for Katherine Johnson?
In this excerpt from Frederick Douglass' autobiography, Douglass describes the horrifying abuse of Aunt Hester by the slave master.Pair "'Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass': Excerpt from Chapter 1" with “A Child of Slavery who Taught a Generation” and ask students to discuss the importance of education, particularly in the lives of African-Americans.
In "How Malcolm Learned to Read," a speaker describes how he and Malcolm X used the written word to transform themselves.Pair “A Child of Slavery Who Taught a Generation” with “How Malcolm Learned to Read” and ask students to reflect on Anna Cooper’s legacy. According to “A Child of Slavery Who Taught a Generation,” what did Cooper believe to be the relationship between education and progress for Black people in the United States? Explain her reasoning for siding with Booker T. Washington rather than W.E.B. Du Bois regarding education. How can Malcolm X and Clint Smith both be viewed as intellectual heirs to Anna Cooper’s legacy? Use details from both texts to support your answers.