Faculty & Staff

Exploring Citizenship Series

As part of the ICC Library’s 2015 One Book, One College Program and this year’s selection, March: Book One by John Lewis, the Library is exploring citizenship and what it means to individuals.

The following is an essay written by students from COMM 245. Like all submissions to this essay campaign, the views presented are those of the authors and not necessarily of Illinois Central College. If you are interested in being a contributor, please contact Michelle Nielsen Ott.

Being a citizen of a country is a special thing that many often take for granted and do not value as they should. This concept can easily be compared to being a member of a club. You have certain rights and are deserving of being treated a certain way. Basic human rights are something due to all and when unrightfully taken away, it creates such a strong emotion inside a person who is often put into a situation of having to decide how to react.
The anguish felt by the African American community that is depicted in the book “March” is a prime example of unalienable rights being withheld from deserving citizens. Their mistreatment by their fellow American citizens and government leaders was abhorrent and it was all based on the color of their skin. What great courage these American citizens had to peacefully stand up to those who hated and discriminated against them.  

– by Daniel Cushman

Being a citizen is the ability to feel like you’re a part of something bigger than yourself. I think that being a citizen means that you get the rights and privileges of the country/world you are in. To be a citizen is to be able to say that you are an American or Canadian, etc. It’s a feeling that so many people strive for. To feel a part of a huge “family” if you will. There is a culture one must learn as a citizen. Rules to follow and customs to take part in. I think citizenship is so important. You will not get alienated or set apart from everyone. You may be different, but in the end you are one of us. Whatever country it is, the feeling of being in it all together is something I think that the word citizenship can do.

 – by Mallorie Latora