African American Writers : A Better Life For The Future Of America

1541 Words Feb 4th, 2015 7 Pages
“First, We would vote, with the right to vote goes everything: Freedom, manhood, the honor of your wives, the chastity of your daughters, the right to work, and the chance to rise, and let no man listen to those who deny this.”(P. 46) These words came from the powerful mind of W.E.B. DuBois, a graduate of Fisk University, and eventually Harvard University with a Ph.D. DuBois among many other African American writers spent their entire lives devoted to creating a better life for Afro-Americans living in the United States. Individuals like DuBois including Ida B. Wells, Booker T. Washington, Henry McNeal Turner, and Frances E.W. Harper gave speeches encouraging alternate solutions to the issue of racism that existed in America. Some suggested, leaving, some suggested employment, and some suggested total acceptance of the African American race. These writers all had dreams for the future of America, dreams that have been achieved and dreams that flourish in the hearts of some and languish in others. W. E. B. DuBois imagined a future for African Americans that they would finally live in a world where everyone was equal. In his Niagara Address, DuBois called for four things; the end of public discrimination, the mentality of racism to diminish, for laws to apply to everyone, and for the education of African American children. It is arguable that only half of these requests have been fulfilled. Public discrimination no longer exists in the United States, amenities are…

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