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The African- American Community has been blessed with a multitude of scholars Two of those scholars include Booker T Washington and WEB Du bois Both of these men had a vision for African- Americans They wanted to see the advancement of their race of people These great leaders just had different viewpoints as to how this should be accomplished Mr Washingtons viewpoints are based on his own personal experience and understanding of politics Mr Du bois viewpoints came from his knowledge of the importance of education and its ability to break down barriers of color Washington and Du bois wanted to see the advancement of the African-American people The question was How could they advance There is a twelve-year age difference amongst the two gentlemen I could see the difference that a decade could make in the mindsets of the two gentlemen Washington is the elder of the two He was apart of the slavery system not merely a product of it He was a slave who was freed A man without neither a history nor a surname to call his own Du bois was born into a system of freedom He never experienced having a master or the lack of freedom to move about as he pleased He came into the world and saw problems He didnt see the long path that had been traveled to get them to the point that they were at currently Therefore these men saw different ways of accomplishing their goals as a race In Booker T Washingtons autobiography Up From Slavery he shares with the reader an abundance of information as to how he became the man he was He was born on a plantation in Franklin County Virginia At the earliest moments of his life he was a laborer cleaning the yards carrying water and taking corn to the mills Booker T Washington talks about the burden of freedom He talks about the
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