Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856-1915) was an African American
political leader, educator and author. He was one of the dominant
figures in African American history in the United States from 1890 to
1915. Born into slavery in Franklin County, Virginia, at the age of 9,
he was freed and moved with his family to West Virginia, where he
learned to read and write while working in manual labor jobs. He later
trained as a teacher, and in 1881 was named the first leader of the
Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.
The Future of the American Negro was written to put more definite and
permanent form the ideas regarding the condition of the negro. Booker
T. Washington , a prominent African American leader, educator and
author, articulates the importance of Industrial education. He
emphasized the importance of the development of the Negro in hand and
heart training, which would provide the solid foundation necessary to
attain the highest form of citizenship.
This volume is the outgrowth of a series of articles written to
enlighten readers on the doctrine of Industrial education that would
address the mistakes of the reconstruction period. Booker T. Washington
expresses arguments through sound reason in an impassioned plea to
resolve the problems of increased crime, ignorance, discrimination and
debilitating debt crippling the black race. He substantiates his case
with inspiring examples of former students of the Tuskegee Normal and
Industrial Institute who overcame adversity to achieve their dreams.
Listeners will develop a greater understanding of the horrific outcomes
of slavery, the colossal errors of the reconstruction period, the
extreme levels of poverty and ignorance, the failures of government,
and the instability of industry in the south. In the midst of these
problems, Booker provides a remedy, which in many respects is still
relevant to the future of the American Negro.
Title: The Future of the American Negro
Media Type: CD; set of 4 CD's
"One trouble with us is--and the same is
true of any young people, no matter of what race or condition--we have
too many stepping-stones. "
"Reputation is what people think we are, and a great deal depends on that. When a race gets a reputation
along certain lines, a great
many things which now seem complex, difficult to attain, and are most discouraging, will
Booker T. Washington