Perhaps one of the greatest gifts one can receive in life is the gift of education. When a child or adult learns to read, new doors open and great journeys begin. Knowledge is power. Early leaders and every-day heroes unleashed that power to make education available to all and to boldly unlock doors that had been closed to African-Americans for so many years.
In spite of many obstacles, young African-Americans took it upon themselves to earn an education – and to create a bright future for those who followed.
Courageous men and women representing a variety of ethnic backgrounds learned how to read, taught others from their homes, established schools and challenged an establishment that denied them the right to earn an education. In doing so, they changed the future for generations to come.
* Winner: Videographer Award – 2008 | East Tennessee Historical Society, Award of Distinction – 2008