Booker T. Washington Biography

Booker Taliaferro Washington was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community.

Washington was of the last generation of black American leaders born into slavery and became the leading voice of the former slaves and their descendants, who were newly oppressed by disfranchisement and the Jim Crow discriminatory laws enacted in the post-Reconstruction Southern states in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1895 his Atlanta compromise called for avoiding confrontation over segregation and instead putting more reliance on long-term educational and economic advancement in the black community.

His base was the Tuskegee Institute, a historically black college in Alabama. As lynchings in the South reached a peak in 1895, Washington gave a speech in Atlanta that made him nationally famous. The speech called for black progress through education and entrepreneurship. His message was that it was not the time to challenge Jim Crow segregation and the disfranchisement of black voters in the South. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Booker T. Washington
Full Name:
Booker Taliaferro Washington
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Educator, Writer, Author
Ethnicity:
African American
Date of Birth:
April 5, 1856
Astrological Sign:
Aries
Date of Death:
November 14, 1915
Age at Death:
59
Cause of Death:
Hypertension
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