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who is Booker T. Washington?

Give a paragraph about who Booker T. Washington is and what his accomplishments were. Just a paragraph or two.

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  • Elbie
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    Booker T. Washington Biography


    Born a slave and deprived of any early education, Booker Taliaferro Washington nonetheless became America's foremost black educator of the early 20th century. He was the first teacher and principal of the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama, a school for African-Americans where he championed vocational training as a means for black self-reliance. A well-known orator, Washington also wrote a best-selling autobiography (Up From Slavery, 1901) and advised Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft on race relations. His rather flaccid nickname of "The Great Accommodator" provides a clue as to why he was later criticized by W. E. B. Du Bois and the N.A.A.C.P. Washington was principal of Tuskegee Institute from 1881 until his death in 1915; it was originally called the Normal School for Colored Teachers and is now known as Tuskegee University.

    “Washington worked tirelessly to persuade black and white people that the surest way for black people to advance was by learning skills and demonstrating a willingness to do manual labor.”[xv] Washington, virtually single-handedly, ran the Tuskegee Institute; hard work was pushed as the means for African- Americans to earn respect within society. Washington’s diligence led to the growth of the Tuskegee Institute; he garnered vast educational contributions from the wealthy, which he used to help the college expand.

    Beyond his accomplishments in the field of education, Washington well regarded and formed connections within both the black and white communities. He became a prominent leader whose political connections reached all the way to the White House. Throughout his life, he remained a pragmatic conservative who sought to assist African- Americans in expanding their economic success in order to take responsibility for their future as a people.

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