English Essay #11
Booker T. Washington born into slavery, but became a leader after the Civil War. His mission was to educate his fellow blacks so they could live productive lives. Washington believed that education and learning to work would help blacks gain social acceptance, and ultimately equality. He believed that people respect merit. And a person who is useful because he knows a trade and is educated, will be accepted by his community no matter what color his skin. Washington believed that as more and more blacks got an education and learned to work hard, more whites would begin to accept them. The goal was that eventually whites as a whole would respect blacks as equals.