Education as a theme in “The Warmth of Other Suns”
October 16th, 2012 | Comment
In “The Warmth of Other Suns”, Wilkerson introduces us to three characters, Ida Mae Gladney, George Swanson Starling, and Robert Joseph Pershing Foster. Robert Joseph Pershing Foster is a military-trained physician who finds that as an African American, he is not allowed to practice medicine in Monroe, Louisiana and George Swanson Starling is unable finish college when his father refuses to help him pay his tuition because he sees his son’s education as a waste. As a result George is forced to find work in the citrus groves. Robert is not allowed to use his education and George is not allowed to get an education. Education creates opportunities for people, but African Americans in the South were not permitted those opportunities for much of the 20th century. As Wake Forest commemorates the 50th anniversary of integration with the Faces of Courage celebration, honoring the legacy and important actions of all those – past and present — contributing to the diverse and vibrant campus community, let’s discuss the theme of education in “The Warmth of Other Suns”.