I get it now.
I understand why celebrities travel to Africa and come back fired up activists.
My trip to South Africa last year impacted me in the same way, so I was honored to return a few weeks ago to learn about the educational system and how we could help.
I’ve been working on literacy issues most of my life and while I’m deeply committed to insuring a better education for kids in America, I’m also deeply committed to expanding my reach and helping wherever help is needed.
Knowledge is the key to every success and it’s one of the few things that no one can take from you. Education evens the playing field and separates the haves from the have-nots, so it’s not funny to me when leaders imply that it’s cool to be ignorant. Especially when on a continent like Africa people are literally dying for the chance to educate themselves and earn a respectable living.
Here are some images from my day of service at a Johannesburg primary school accompanied by lyrics from an R + B classic that matches the sentiment and experience of that day.
The world has changed so very much
From what it used to be so
there is so much hatred war an’ poverty
Wake up all the teachers time to teach a new way
Maybe then they’ll listen to whatcha have to say
Cause they’re the ones who’s coming up and the world is in their hands
when you teach the children teach ’em the very best you can.
Wake up all the doctors make the ol’ people well
They’re the ones who suffer an’ who catch all the hell
But they don’t have so very long before the Judgement Day
So won’tcha make them happy before they pass away.
The world won’t get no better if we just let it be
The world won’t get no better we gotta change it yeah,
just you and me.
Music & Lyrics by Harold Melvin + The Bluenotes
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