Sunday, October 10, 2010

Who was Booker T. Washington?


Up from Slavery, and an invitation to the White House
Booker Washington and Theodore Roosevelt at Tuskegee Institute, 1905

Washington authored four books during his lifetime:

* The Story of My Life and Work (1900)
* Up From Slavery (1901)
* My Larger Education (1911)
* The Man Farthest Down (1912)

In an effort to inspire the "commercial, agricultural, educational,
and industrial advancement" of African Americans, Washington founded
the National Negro Business League (NNBL) in 1900.[24]

When Washington's autobiography, Up From Slavery, was published in
1901, it became a bestseller and had a major impact on the African
American community, its friends and allies. One of the results was a
dinner invitation in 1901 by Theodore Roosevelt.

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