Speaking to the 4th and 5th graders of S.J. Montgomery, we discussed Frederick Douglass and the POWER of literacy. In his book, “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,” the author discusses how his slave master banned his wife from teaching the young man how to read, saying if he became literate he would be, ‘forever unfit to be a slave.’ Hearing these words confused Frederick, but convinced him he should learn to read and write at all costs. Once he did so, his masters words rang true. Literacy is indeed so powerful that when the young Douglass learned to read, he came to understand the full gravity of slavery and actually became ‘forever unfit to be a slave’. Frederick Douglas eventually escaped to the North, became an abolitionist, and one of the greatest writers and orators in American History! Reading is POWERFUL, Literacy is freedom! #read #write #achieve!