Dear Mr. Booker,
My entire life I have lived in the little town of Middlebury, Ind. Coming to Youngstown State University, my eyes have been opened to challenges and situations I have never seen before. It’s not even as if these challenges are directly mine. Middlebury is an upper-class area with little to no poverty. When I first arrived to school at Youngstown, I hated it. I felt as though my parents dropped me off to the worst girl camp ever and left me to fend for myself. Little did I realize, Youngstown was exactly what I needed.
In class, we read an article about you’re bravery and impact on the Civil Rights Movement. I also learned how African Americans were not given activity cards at Youngstown College. This was a huge injustice as I am sure you know. After learning more about your work in class discussions, my mind has been opened to the injustices that are still around today, so – “Thank you.”
I am studying to become an early childhood teacher. City schools with high African American populations seem to need extra care. I have talked a little bit about this problem with the Rev. Morris Lee of the Third Baptist Church of Youngstown. You have inspired me to teach in a challenging school to make it better. Although I am only a freshman, I have changed my views on getting my diploma and heading back to Indiana. I would now like to either stay in Youngstown and make an impact here, or choose another low-performing school in the area. I already have many ideas as to what I can do to encourage my students and help them learn. I want to be the inspiration of my student’s success much like you have been an inspiration in the Civil Rights Movement. Thank you for all of your time and effort. Your success is truly inspiring.