Dr. Booker T. Washington - Black History Month Notable Figure Spotlight
Our second Notable Figure Spotlight to celebrate Black History Month features Dr. Booker T. Washington, famous writer, educator and orator. Washington founded the well-known Tuskegee University in 1881, which initially was meant to be a small school to train Black teachers in the post-Civil War South. However, after only 25 years, the university offered training in thirty-seven industries and enrolled more than 1,500 students.
Tuskegee University is thriving to this day and is one of the most prestigious schools in the country. Washington is now seen as the most influential spokesperson for the education of Black Americans at the turn of the century.
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