Booker T. Washington

On this date in 1856, Booker T. Washington was born. He was a Black activist and educator, who urged Blacks to gain equality through education and economic advancement.

Committing himself to the idea that education would raise him and his people to equality in this country, Washington became a teacher. He first taught in his hometown, and then at the Hampton Institute, and then in 1881, he became the first leader of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. As head of the Institute, he traveled constantly to raise funds from Blacks and Whites both.

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