Booker T. Washington: Great Educator and Civil Rights Leader
By Ms. sissel
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Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) was born in Hales Ford, Virginia near Roanoke. He was born into slavery. When the US government freed all slaves in 1865 he moved to W. Virginia, and at 9 years old started working in a salt furnace and then a coal mine. He went to college at Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute which is now Hampton University. While he was there he worked as a janitor to help pay expenses.
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He taught himself to read. He advised African Americans to learn trades and seek to gradually move up in society. He accepted segregation for now. He said that eventually Blacks would have the money and the power to demand equality.
Booker had many successes! He helped found the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama. I know someone who goes to Tuskegee Institute. The Tuskegee Institute offered training in industrial and agricultural skills. Carnegie and Rockefeller helped him build schools for African Americans.
“I pity from the bottom of my heart any nation or body of people that is so unfortunate as to get entangled in the net of slavery.”