Up From Slavery- Booker T. Washington
Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) was an African American educator, author and civil rights leader who was born into slavery in 1856 and rose to become one of the most influential voices in education in the United States. He was the founder of the Tuskegee Institute, an educational center for freed African Americans in Alabama. His philosophy of self-help, race pride and economic advancement among African Americans served as a cornerstone of African American progress throughout the early 20th century. As a champion of education and civil rights, Booker T. Washington was a powerful advocate for African American advancement. He wrote several books, including “Up From Slavery” which is still widely read today. He also lectured extensively, traveled the world and held meetings with prominent figures such as President Theodore Roosevelt and industrialist Henry Ford. He was a powerful voice in the education of African Americans and a leader in the struggle for racial equality. He died in 1915 at the age of 59, leaving behind a legacy of progress and hope for African Americans in the United States.