“No white American ever thinks that any other race is wholly civilized until he wears the white man’s clothes, eats the white man’s food, speaks the white man’s language, and professes the white man’s religion.”Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery

Booker T. Washington

April 5, 1856: Booker Taliaferro Washington, educator, author and leader, was born enslaved on the Burroughs Plantation in Virginia. His family gained their freedom at the end of the Civil War and Washington was educated at Hampton Institute and Wayland Seminary. In 1881, Washington was appointed the first leader of Tuskegee Institute, which he headed for the rest of his life. Washington was the dominant leader of the African American community from 1890 to his death on November 14, 1915.

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