Booker T. Washington : The First Leader Of The Civil Rights Movement

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Booker T. Washington was the first leader of the civil rights’ movement. All African Americans looked to him for advice on how to overcome their current situation. However, as time moved on, W.E.B. DuBois became his opponent. A person would think that Washington and DuBois would have worked together for a common goal, but this was not the case. Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois both strived for equality and justice for the African American race. However, these two had very different ways to achieve this goal. While Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois appeared quite similar in terms of their titles as civil rights’ activists as well as professors, they differed in that they had very different backgrounds, which greatly affected their perspectives on education and racism. Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois came from very different backgrounds and as a result, they had very different thinking patterns. Booker T. Washington was born into slavery. It’s surprising that Washington grew up to become a teacher because it was illegal for him to be able to read and write as a child. Before Washington became a teacher, he always had to put learning on the backburner and work in order to support his family. In order to get into college, Washington had to walk 500 miles and work as a janitor to be able to pay his tuition. Soon after he was admitted into the college, he received a scholarship sponsored by a white man. The sponsor was General Armstrong, a commander of a…
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