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Early photo of the Tuskegee Institute, 1906
Tuskegee Institute in 1906, established by Booker T. Washington

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Booker T. Washington Speaks at the Cotton States and International Exposition
September 18, 1895

Booker T. Washington had traveled a long, hard road to his position of leadership by the time he delivered his speech. Described in his autobiography, Up From Slavery, Washington went from slavery to working in a coal mine in West Virginia to studies at the Hampton Institute and ultimately teaching. He established the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Alabama in 1881, turning it into one of the finest African-American educational institutions in the country. Washington strongly believed that "in all things that are purely social we can be separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress." What do you think he meant? Do you agree with his idea?
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