The essay continues: “Families relied on the church for stability and, in turn, strengthened the churches. Parents, at great sacrifice to themselves, encouraged children to go to school and secure an education which they believed would set them free.” In short, they pushed back, not with anger, but with achievement.
I must close here, but the Humanities Council report, “This Far By Faith: Black Hoosier Heritage,” is full of examples of how blacks not only found a way to survive but, at a very dear price, a way to thrive.
More next week.
Have a nice day.
Anderson resident Primus Mootry is a retired school teacher. His column appears Wednesdays in The Herald Bulletin.