A Raisin in the Sun:
Lupe Fiasco: Words I never Said
"Your childs future was the first to go with budget cuts
If you think that hurts then, wait here comes the uppercut
The school was garbage in the first place, thats on the up and up"
The song talks about education being the last thing on our governments agenda for the most part. Todays society is more focused on celebrity tabloids than their own children's future's. It also talks about the struggle of improving poverty stricken schools so that each and every child has a equal opportunity at succeeding.
Eminem: Lose Yourself
"All the pain inside amplified by the fact
That I can't get by with my 9 to 5
And I can't provide the right type of life for my family
Cause man, these god*amn food stamps don't buy diapers
And it's no movie, there's no Mekhi Phifer, this is my life
And these times are so hard, and it's getting even harderTrying to feed and water my seed"
Eminem's "Lose Yourself" talks about the daily struggle of trying to raise your child in the ghetto. Without equal opportunity, these children and their parents have no other option that to work under qualified jobs so that they can continue to keep food on the table.
Eminem: Rock Bottom
"My life is full of empty promises
And broken dreams
I'm hoping things will look up
But there ain't no job openings
I feel discouraged hungry and malnourished
Living in this house with no furnace, unfurnished
And I'm sick of working dead end jobs with lame pay
And I'm tired of being hired and fired the same day"
Rock Bottom is also about the struggle of finding a job and working your tail off to meet ends meet. Many people in the United States have to work multiple jobs just to pay their bills. They are never given the opportunity to leave and seek a better job because of the drop out factories that are typically associated with these area's. Many of the adults haven't finish high school or have a college degree and it's mostly because of things they had no control over.
Organizations and Leaders
The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
Summary of what the organization does: NAFEO was founded to provide an international voice for the nation's HBCUs and other equal educational opportunity institutions to place and maintain the issue of equal opportunity in higher education on the national agenda; to advocate policies,programs and practices designed to preserve and enhance HBCUs & PBIs; and to increase the active participation of blacks at every level in the formulation and implementation of policies and programs in American higher education.
The NAFEO is a national company that reaches out to poverty stricken youth. These teens and young adults are given special opportunities to better their lives. These programs help prove that although it's hard, you can make something out of growing up in poverty with a lesser education.
Equal Opportunity and Higher Education
The Equal Opportunity gives children and adults opportunities to escape poverty. These individuals are given the tools they need to achieve a job of high standards or a higher education. Despite growing up in more harsh environments, they are given a second chance to become something greater.
The help is very relatable, because it talks about a time when African American women were treated inferior simply because they were different. The story teaches us that each human being is unique and talented if given the same opportunities in life and that anyone can escape poverty.
The Hard-Times Jar:
The Hard-Times Jar is a childrens book about growing up in poverty and reaching for your dreams. Although young Emma grows up poor, she works harder than the normal girl and achieves her dream of buying a book for her father.