Despite having some access to education, actual success through it varies significantly as the resources are scarce. For instance, postsecondary education only shares 1% of educational spending in Martinique, so access to it is extremely limited.

In Black Shack Alley, José’s quarter scholarship—not enough to support his education—causes his mother to lament that they are “black, poor, and alone in the world” (Zobel 125): their station in Martinican society prevented their access to the already limited resource.

Next Steps

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Resources to advance in education is fickle! To continue to the next step, you must locate Jack L. (‘23) on the San Mateo campus, and he will provide you with the next steps to complete this track.