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“No race can prosper, Booker T. Washington wrote “until it learns that their is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a pome.” Washington was born in April 1856. As a slave on a virginia plantation, he was not allow to enter the nearby school because he was black. He still walk to school each day, how ever, just so he could carry the books of the plantation owners daughter. Later he went to a all-black school and became a leading black educator.

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"No race can prosper," Booker T. Washington wrote, "until it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem." Washington was born in April 1856. As a slave on a Virginia plantation, he was not allowed to enter the nearby school because he was black. He still walked to school each day, however, just so he could carry the books of the plantation owner's daughter. Later he went to an all-black school and became a leading black educator.


Article by Gary Hopkins
Education World® Editor in Chief
Copyright © 2005 Education World

04/2005