Booker T. Washington - Education is the key to racial equality

He was born as a slave on a southern plantation in 1856, but before he died in 1915, he had dined at the White House with President Theodore Roosevelt. The story of Booker T. Washington is told in his autobiography, Up From Slavery and published by Pelican Publishing Company. It was originally published in 1901 and reprinted many times, but Pelican has released it in the small pouch format, 4” by 7”. Often a reader has to be cautious when reading the story of ones life, especially if it is autobiographical, but the opening lines in Washington’s preface puts one at ease. “I have tried to tell a simple, straightforward story, with no attempt at embellishment. My regret is that what I have attempted to do has been done so imperfectly.

” He always had the name “Booker Taliaferro,” but had no last name. After gaining freedom, former slaves gave themselves names that they preferred such as “Lincoln or Sherman” One day at school, the teacher asked him his last name and he chose the first


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