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Motivated - At age 16, he walked about 500 miles back to Virginia to go to a new school for black
students. Washington knew that even poor students could get an education at Hampton Institute, paying
their way by working.
Responsible - In 1888, Washington was put in charge of Tuskegee Negro National Institute. He
provided an academic education
Committed His main commitment was to give young negro boys practical skills in farming, carpentry
and brick making.
Dedication - He raised money to improve and expand the original, poor quality building and attracted
good teachers. Tuskegee gained a national reputation and attracted the support of a number of white
benefactors, who approved of his beliefs and vision.
Influential - Evidence shows that a large number of African Americans were satisfied with the role
Washington played in the African Americans community and civil rights, his ideology came to be known
as the `Atlanta Compromise'. Washington died in November 1915 in Tuskegee, where 8000 mourners
attended his funeral.
Supportive - He also founded the national negro business league to help and support the setting up and
running of black businesses.
Washington ideology was supported by President Roosevelt and President Taft. They consulted me on
African American issues, he dined with President Roosevelt in the White House.…read more
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For his contributions to American society, Washington was granted an honorary master's degree from Harvard
University in 1896 and an honorary doctorate from Dartmouth College in 1901.
Washington, as the guest of President Theodore Roosevelt in 1901, was the first African-American ever invited to the
Robert Russa Moton, Washington's successor as president of Tuskegee University, arranged an In 1934 air tour for two
African American aviators, and afterward the plane was christened the Booker T. Washington.
On April 7, 1940, Washington became the first African American to be depicted on a United States postage stamp. The
first coin to feature an African American was the Booker T. Washington Memorial Half Dollar that was minted by the
United States from 1946 to 1951. He was also depicted on a U.S. Half Dollar from 19511954.
On April 5, 1956, the hundredth anniversary of Washington's birth, the house where he was born in Franklin County,
Virginia, was designated as the Booker T. Washington National Monument. A state park in Chattanooga, Tennessee was
named in his honor, as was a bridge spanning the Hampton River adjacent to his alma mater, Hampton University.
In 1984 Hampton University dedicated a Booker T. Washington Memorial on campus near the historic Emancipation Oak,
establishing, in the words of the University, "a relationship between one of America's great educators and social activists,
and the symbol of Black achievement in education."
At the center of the campus at Tuskegee University, the Booker T. Washington Monument, called "Lifting the Veil," was
dedicated in 1922. The inscription at its base reads:"He lifted the veil of ignorance from his people and pointed the way to
progress through education and industry."…read more