Booker T. Washington And. B. Dubois

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Booker T. Washington and W.E.B DuBois

During the late 19th and 20th century, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B DuBois were two of the greatest leaders of the black community. They both paved the way for the modern Civil Rights movement in America. However, the two accomplished scholars had differences when it came down to the methods for black social and economic progress. Believe it or not, those differences made the way for the greatest impact in the world that we live in today. “ I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.” That was a quote by the man of patience himself, Mr. Booker T. Washington.He was born into slavery in Virginia in 1856. During his early life and education he did many influential things. In 1888, he was selected the head of the Tuskegee Institute which was founded in Alabama. It was a kind of vocational school that was created to to give black people the necessary moral skills that were needed to make them successful in life. Booker T. Washington believed in “self-help.” He encouraged economic independence over liberal arts. He prefered people of the community to show their productive skills as members of society. He had great hope that this would lead to equality. He also encouraged blacks to accept discrimination and segregation. He believed that “eventually” a change would come and urged them to focus…
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