Thursday, February 17, 2011

Happy Black HisStory Month!

Happy Black HisStory Month!
We Honor Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856 – 1915) was an American Educator, Author, Orator, and Political Leader.
Mr. Washington was the dominant figure in the African American community in the United States from 1890 to 1915. Washington attained national prominence for his Atlanta Address of 1895, which attracted the attention of politicians and the public, making him a popular spokesperson for African-American citizens. He built a nationwide network of supporters in many black communities, with black ministers, educators and businessmen composing his core supporters. Washington's efforts included cooperating with white people and enlisting the support of wealthy philanthropists, helping to raise funds to establish and operate thousands of small community schools and institutions of higher education for the betterment of blacks throughout the South. After working menial labor jobs as a freedman, had sought a formal education and worked his way through Hampton Institute. Mr. Washington then studied at Wayland Seminary in Washington, D.C., where he graduated. He returned to Hampton, where he worked as a teacher. In his famous Atlanta Address in 1895, Booker T. Washington set forth the motivating spirit behind Tuskegee Institute. He believed that with self help, people could go from poverty to success with a Higher Education.

Happy Black History!

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