What I comprehend from reading the “Brief History of Lincoln University” by Levi A. Nwachuku. The first words that touched my heart were “Education is an antidote for ignorance. It is the agency for societal development. ” African Americans knew way back then that education was the key to freedom; this was their way of being part of sociality. What really inspired me was how Dr. John Miller Dickey, a pastor of the Oxford Presbyterian Church; which was a White Church. How he put his house up to help three African- Americans males to get farther education to help other surpass people of Color. The article stated He was a humanist and he was very sensitive to the conditions of the less fortunate, and that is mother Jane also had those qualities that Dr. John Miller Dickey possessed. ” Dr. John Miller Dickey felt that it was his duty to help with educating the freed Africans and he tried to reconnect them back to Africa. James Ralston Amos was a free Black minster and he wanted to further his education for a better stead to enhance his evangelical career. Dr. Dickey seen this burning desire for education and tried to get him into some of the best institutions, however his color of his skin wouldn’t allow him to attend any of them.
Dr. Dickey came up with this plan to find a college for young African- Americans Males. They came to Coatesville, Pa, on October 4, 1853, to meet with the Presbyterian Church of New Castle. He presented a proposal to them wanting to establish a college for colored males in the USA. The name of the college was Ashmun Institute; the church bought the land for the school at the price of $1,250 in the hill of Lower Oxford. The college was built near the Dixie Line, the same route where plenty of slaves traveled to gain their freedom from slavery.
When the name of Armistead Miller appeared in the article, the first thing that came to my mind was is this man a family member? My grandfather last name is Miller, and his family came from North Carolina. Some White’s wanted to colonize the Black’s because they felt threating; they are educated and they were free. What I really got out of the article is how Lincoln University education was spread from one Country to another Country. These men were about revolution and they spread it through religion, preaching the word of God. One hand supports the other hand; Armistead Miller made it to Africa because the hurch finances the trip. Lincoln University History is so “Rich in Education”, so many famous people graduated from Lincoln. Some went on to build other Colleges and Hospitals so they could help and educated other African- Americans. In 1953, the college made History again by amending their charter and allows women to receive their degrees. Some of these famous people that graduated from Lincoln made their own “Legacy” in life. The inspiration and knowledge that came through these educators will live forever through every student that attends Lincoln University.
I will name some important People- James Ralston Amos, Thomas Amos, Armistead Miller, Thomas Miller, Nathan F. Mossell, Albert Einstein, Ruth Fales, Martin Luther King, Jr. , A. Phillip Randolph, Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Cicely Tyson, U. S. Rep. Shirley Chisholm, Rose Parks, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Betty Shabazz, August Wilson, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Alexis Herman, Herb J. Wesson, Jr. , Thurgood Marshall, Reverend Thomas C. Katiya, and the Reverend Livingstone Ntabene Mzimba. Lincoln University educated African-Americans all the way from Africa, through this system we are connected forever.