Compare And Contrast Booker T. Washingle

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The Passive vs. the Aggressive “I know you desperate for a change at the pen glide, but the only real change come from inside,” raps J Cole, African American rapper who was raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina. In the quote from his song “Change”, Jermaine Cole recognizes how people in society must change within themselves for progress to be made regarding equality in America. As a young black artist, Cole apprehends how stereotypes are placed on groups of people without reason. Booker T. Washington and W.E.B Du Bois recognized this during the 1900s, yet took very divergent calls to action. Booker T. and W.E.B realized that the African American community was facing hardship and took inverse approaches to the situation. Booker T. Washington began life born into slavery on a Virginia plantation. As a young slave, Washington managed school and the task of slave work. He is well-known for being an author and his promotion of education and economics. On top of this however, he is known for his passive approach to the mistreatment of African Americans. On the other hand, W.E.B Du Bois, like Booker T. Washington, was known as an author and social activist. W.E.B’s father passed away early in Du Bois’ life, so he was socialized into an extended family that thoroughly impacted who he grew up to be. He studied at Harvard University and also maintained a teaching career. After teaching, he decided to work full time towards African American social activism. His viewpoint on the

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