These same people have no idea that they got of the boat and or plane in a country which for over 350 years brutalised, mamed and killed American inhabitants for using bibles. If certain American inhabitants were found reading anything ESPECIALLY a bible their eyes were burned out. If Any of these American inhabitants were found speaking about God or praying to God......Thier tongue was ripped out. Lord have mercy. These American inhabitant were denied any christian right. NO baptism, NO matrimony, NO communion, NO NOTHING.
Not in all times and places was this true by any means. I'm sorry to disagree, but can you provide source materials to support this assertion applying to (I gather) all persons of African roots, please?
Some slaves were taught to read and encouraged to do so. For one example there is Phillis Wheatley, who was educated and wrote poetry. Yes, she was a slave, though eventually freed:http://www.earlyamerica.com/review/winter96/wheatley.htmlhttp://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part2/2p12.html
There were African-Americans who were never slaves but born free and for that I offer the case of Benjamin Banneker. His English grandmother (indentured for a crime) eventually was freed and owned land. She freed and married one of her slaves taking his name "Banneky". Their daughter also married a former slave who'd bought his freedom. Their son, Benjamin, was educated as well as self-taught. He was important for his astronomical observations, his almanacs, his help in surveying the outline of the Federal district that would become Washington, DC, for building the first clock constructed in the colonies and more. He was never a slave. http://africawithin.com/bios/ben_banneker.htm
Denmark Vesey won a lottery and bought his freedom and eventually was a leader of a planned revolt in South Carolina in 1822. He was executed for this, not for reading or being a Christian.http://africawithin.com/bios/denmark_vesey.htm
Absolom Jones was the first Black Episcopal deacon (1795) and priest (1802) in the United States. Born a slave, he taught himself to read and had a New Testament. Upon being sold to a person in Philadelphia, he went to night school, worked to buy his wife's freedom and then his own.http://www.historicalrenewal.com/biographies/bio_AJones.htm
Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, taught slaves to read and taught Sunday Schools for them. "Stonewall Jackson: The Black Man's Friend" by Williams and Robertson
It would have to be researched, but the question of *when* laws were passed forbidding slaves to learn to read is an important one. First, consider that for most of history, most people were not literate, not just slaves. Then there is the point of: were the laws a reaction to slave revolts such as those of Denmark Vesey and Nat Turner, such that those passing the laws did so to try and prevent futher revolts?
Real history is complex with many factors