Who Was Booker T. Washington, by James Buckley Jr. & Jake Murray
- Author: James Buckley Jr.
- Illustrator: Jake Murray
How did a slave become one of the leading influential African American intellectuals of the late 19th century?
Booker Taliaferro Washington was an African American educator, author, speaker, and advisor to presidents of the United States. He was a leading voice for former slaves and their descendants through the late 1800s. As part of the last generation of leaders born into slavery, Booker believed blacks could better progress into society through education and entrepreneurship, instead of trying to directly challenge the Jim Crow segregation. After hearing the Emancipation Proclamation and realizing he was free, young Booker chose to make learning his life. He taught himself to read and write, pursued a formal education, and went on to found the Tuskegee Institute, a black school in Alabama, with the goal of building a community's economic strength and pride. The institute still exits and is home to famous alumnae like George Washington Carver.
- 112 pages
- 11 chapters
- Written by James Buckley Jr.
- Illustrated by Jake Murray
- Part of the Who HQ series
- Recommended for ages 8 to 12
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