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Booker T Washington once said No greater injury can be done to any youth than to let him feel that because he belongs to this or that race he will be advanced in life regardless of his own merits or efforts Booker T Washington Booker T Washington argues in the book Up from Slavery that white and blacks could benefit and gain a lot more if they gave black vocational training instead of looking at them to be ones enemy Born and raise in slavery on a plantation in franklin county Virginia was a strong boy Ignorant at the time but had no intention of staying that way Booker T Washington had the up most determination to be educated and to also build up his race through hard work in labor and educationWashington said that I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has to overcome while trying to succeed 19 Growing up he struggled and worked hard to find a way to gain an education He found it difficult to go to school and work One day while working at the salt furnace he overheard two men talking about a school for people of African descent in Virginia Hampton Institute 20 On his journey to Hampton he would go without food and a place to lay his head However his determination to make it to Hampton would not let the lack of those necessities stop him He was literally hungry for an education and basically worked his way through it all Once he was accepted into Hampton he met a man by the name of General Samuel C Armstrong that inspired and guided him General Armstrong let he work at the institute to pay off a potion of his tuition 26-28 When he graduated he took a job at the Hampton He did
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