What has education taught Dee from "Everyday Use" and Beneatha from A Raisin in the Sun about the importance of heritage?

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Both Dee from Walker's "Everyday Use" and Beneatha from Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun learn from their education that their cultural heritage is rooted in African traditions.  Dee is the only member of her family to go away to college, and when she returns home to visit her mother and her sister Maggie, Dee has changed her name to Wangero because she wishes to erase any ties with slave masters.  Dee is also quite interested in preserving the family's cultural artifacts because she believes that they are relics that represent the family's African cultural heritage.  Similarly, Beneatha learns African history in college, which causes her to dismiss what she believes are materialistic American practices, and this dynamic is most evident in her ending her relationship with George in order to date Joseph Asagai.  So education teaches both Dee and Beneatha to honor their African cultural heritage.