To the Editor,
Your editorial tribute and remembrance of the successful life of Dr. Leroy Walker was excellent. Perhaps the profound rectitude of that narrative was enhanced by your previous editorial entitled “Color of Read,” which discussed various documented reading disparities among fourth-graders.
Many citizens volunteer and participate with nonprofits and community groups to identify and try to address such functional or cognitive disparities among disadvantage children through tutorial reading programs and the provision of rudimentary computer training. Additionally, some of us try to directly ignite the child’s motivation by demonstrating that just because your first job was in a tobacco field, you are not doomed or relegated to that status, especially if you develop your individual reading, math and science proficiencies.
Indeed, you could one day own the farm, become self-employed or even attain an exciting and enriching career like the late Dr. Leroy Walker. Your ‘Color of Read’ could be green!
Marcus W. Williams