Born in a Virginia slave hut, Booker T. Washington (1856–1915) rose to become the most influential spokesman for African Americans of his day. In simply written yet stirring passages, he tells of his impoverished childhood, the unrelenting struggle for an education, early teaching assignments, his selection in 1881 to head Tuskegee Institute and more.
A firm believer in the value of education as the best route to advancement, Washington disapproved of civil rights agitation and in so doing earned the opposition of many black intellectuals. Yet, he is today regarded as a major figure in the struggle for equal rights, who founded a number of organizations to further the cause, and worked tirelessly to educate and unite African Americans.
Softcover; 166 pages.
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