The mere imparting of information is not education. Above all things, the effort must result in making a man think and do for himself…(p. xii).
Seventy-five years since it was written, the United States is plagued by many of the things about which Woodson wrote, including impoverished Black communities, inadequate schools, and poor job opportunities. What has been the response of American society to these issues? What has been the response of middle-class Black Americans to these issues? What will be your response to these issues? As you explore this book, consider deeply your role in undoing the inequities that remain in our nation and your responsibility to bring about greater levels of justice, opportunity and mutual respect in your own community and in the world around you.