W.E. B. DuBois

Posted by Unknown Monday, May 7, 2012

People do not think of W.E.B. DuBois as a religious man. Most think of him as an intellectual, scholar and activist. While I have read much of what he has written, his greatest contribution in my estimation is a little known book entitled, "Prayers for Dark People." Given the state of education, allow me to share one of his prayers.

"God bless all schools and forward the great work of education for which we stand. Arouse within us and within our land a deep realization of the seriousness of our problem of training children. On them rests the future work and thought and sentiment and goodness of the world. If here and elsewhere we train the lazy and shallow, the self-indulgent and the frivolous - if we destroy reason and religion and do not rebuild, help us, O God, to realize how heavy is our responsibility and how great the cost. The school of today is the world of tomorrow and today and tomorrow are Thine, O God, Amen.


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