Literacy: Fredrick Douglas And Malcolm X

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Back in the days, literacy was brought up as the ability to read, understand, and people used that information in their daily life, but the meaning of literacy has changed because now people are utilizing and employing that knowledge in the concept of English, Science, Art and Mathematics. Literacy is fundamental for learning in schools, universities and colleges and it always has been playing a major role in everyone's life because it leads us to accomplish our life goals. Therefore, Fredrick Douglass accomplished escaping from slavery to freedom, Richard Rodriquez achieved learning to speak English publicly and Malcolm X attained his goal of assisting African American and himself. Literacy is the guidance to succeed in life, communicate…show more content…
He was surprised, but at the same time was upset, when he started reading about the slavery because of how the white man were treating black men/women in the early years up to the present. However, he started his reading and writing process from a dictionary by memorizing the words and its meaning in alphabetical order. Furthermore, he would write the words repeatedly in a straight-line to fix his handwriting. In the article “ Learning to Read ” Malcolm x deduced that “ I knew right in the prison that reading had changed forever the course of my life. As I see it today, the ability to read awoke inside me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive....My homemade education gave me, with every additional book that I read, a little bit more sensitivity to the deafness, dumbness, and blindness that was afflicting the black race in America.” Literacy was the guidance for him to determine what he wanted to do in his life to help others because after reading numerous books he started thinking about the new prospects of life that reading has opened to him. During the 1960s, he became a powerful minister of African American Muslims and human rights…show more content…
Reich demonstrates the significance of literacy because he believes that getting a good job is directly related to the amount of the education individuals have. In the article “Why the Rich Are Getting Richer and the Poor, Poorer” by Robert B. Reich indicate that “ The decline in union membership has been most striking among young men entering the workforce without a college education.” Literacy impacts an individual's life in different ways because individuals who have unsatisfactory literacy skills, are more likely to be unemployed or employed in a job that will pay less than the minimum wage. Also, the majority of the companies takes advantage of these individuals by offering them a job that contains less hours and unpleasant working conditions. On the other hand, adequate literacy skills, connect individuals to the prospects of getting a self-satisfied and convenient jobs with a reasonable

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