Once you learn to read, you will be forever free

Most of us know how to read the alphabet.
Most of us have been to school and received a diploma

Yet, very few among us love to read.
Knowing how to read is the basics. Loving to read is the path forward.
Over time you gain the power of inquiry.
Gaining the power of inquiry is where the doors open.

Once the doors have opened, there is no limit to what you can achieve.

Frederick Douglass, the American abolitionist, orator, and writer, was born enslaved in Maryland in 1818. After being separated from his mother after childbirth, he lived with his grandparents for a short time. At six, he was separated from them and went to live on a plantation in Maryland, and then later to one in Baltimore. It was there that Sophia Auld began teaching him the alphabet. While she later changed her mind, and hid any reading materials from him, Douglass continued to teach himself to read and write in secret. He went on to teach many other slaves how to read, and escaped slavery to New York City in 1838. He became the leader of the abolitionist movement in various states in the Northeast, a prolific writer, and a diplomat. Other little facts about Douglass: He engaged in his own protest against segregated transportation by refusing to sit in a segregated train coach in 1841. Seven years later, he was the only African American to attend the Seneca Falls Convention, the first women’s rights convention, and spoke in favor of women’s suffrage.

What Douglass’s story makes clear is that the more knowledge a child acquires, the freer he or she will be. Education is a door to that freedom. Literacy skills are critical in fostering one’s personal development and a building block to independence. Independence not only in thinking, but also in life.

Above 2 paragraphs are copy-pasted directly from The Impact Network