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Booker T Washington Fighter for the Black Man Booker T Washington was a man beyond words His perseverance and will to work were well known throughout the United States He rose from slavery delivering speech after speech expressing his views on how to uplift Americas view of the Negro He felt that knowledge was power not just knowledge of books but knowledge of agricultural and industrial trades He felt that the Negro would rise to be an equal in American society through hard work Washington founded a school on these principles and it became the worlds leader in agricultural and industrial education for the Negro As the world watched him put his heart and soul into his school Tuskegee Institute he gained great respect from both the white and black communities Many of the countrys white leaders agreed with his principals and so he had a great deal of support Booker T Washington was a great man He put his own needs aside in order to build the reputation of an entire race He didnt do it by accusing and putting blame on others but instead through hard work Booker T Washington cleared the way for the black community to fully enter the American society Washington was born into slavery on April 5 1856 in Franklin County Virginia on a small tobacco plantation His only true relative was his mother Jane who was the plantations cook His father was probably the white son of one of the neighbors though it is not known for sure Washington spent his childhood years on the plantation but since he was so young he never had to do the heavy work He did the small jobs such as carrying water to the field hands and taking corn to the local mill for grinding This hard work at an early age instilled in him the values he would teach for the rest of his life When the Civil War
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