My Illiterate Mother

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The essay “How My Illiterate Grandmother Raised and Educated Black man” was written by Terrell Jermaine Starr. Terrell is the Associate Editor for an online Journal called NewsOne. He has more than four years of journalism experience with public radio, television, magazines and online reporting. He has a bachelor’s degree in English and two masters’ in Editorial Journalism and Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. He says that he owes his success to his grandmother, saying that without her he would never have achieved any of it without her encouragement. Terrell Jermaine Starr and his grandmother lived in a rough neighborhood on the west side of Detroit. In the text Terrell explains how his grandmother always encouraged him to pursue…show more content…
He tells us about how his illiterate grandmother raised him as an educated man. I strongly agree with how frequently his grandmother encourages him to get the best education he can. Ever since he was three she was placing books in his hands even though neither one could read. I think that a good education is one of the most important things a man needs so that he can live a productive and have a successful career. One should try his hardest to get the education he needs so that he can do what he loves with the highest standards. Terrell goes on to tell how even when he got in trouble his grandmother encouraged him by saying “The best way to stay out of trouble is to avoid it at all costs.” In my experience being bad never pays, it’ll only give you a bad reputation. One of the hardest things to do is erase a bad reputation and replace it with a good one. As I was reading the text I noticed how Terrell held a high respect and gratitude towards his grandma. For example he states “We need more parents like my grandmother. Parents who love their children so much, they are willing to make them uncomfortable in order to make them successful.” I agree with this statement. Parents should make their children uncomfortable; it is part of the job. My favorite quote is “There is always a way to do what you want to do.” This statement is so true, everything is possible. Paul states

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