The Influence Of Booker T. Washington

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The influence of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B DuBois have had on the advancement of the African American community in the United States cannot be measured only by looking at the effects they had in their community at that time but by looking at the long term impacts they had on ideas, and policies. The means that the Washington and DuBois both express are both influenced by where they are originally from and how they grew up. With one growing up as a slave and the other growing up not a slave changes the perception that they might have on how to approach their race problems. I will be mainly focusing on the African American community and the way that Washington and DuBois believe the problem of civil rights should be solved. The tenants…show more content…
Washington says later on in his speech “No race that has anything to contribute to the markets of-the world is long in any degree ostracized.” (Cite this) This is saying that to further their rights, people must first make themselves valuable to the society that they would like to be a part of. W. E. Burghardt Du Bois was an African American activist, historian and sociologist who was born in Massachusetts (DuBois Bibliography Pg.2) He was educated at Fisk University and in Germany and subsequently received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1895. (DuBois Bibliography Pg.1) He worked at Atlanta University and the NAACP where he was the editor of its magazine. DuBois has a very different idea on how to advance the African American community. DuBois believes that “The Negro race, like all races, is going to be saved by its exceptional men.” (DuBois Pg.1) DuBois believes that to advance the Black agenda,
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