Booker Taliaferro Washington

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Booker Taliaferro Washington (April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915) was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to Republican presidents. He was the dominant leader in the African-American community in the United States from 1890 to 1915. Representative of the last generation of black American leaders born in slavery, he spoke on behalf of the large majority of blacks who lived in ... more »

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  • ''You can't hold a man down without staying down with him.''
    Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), U.S. educator. Attributed.
  • ''No race can prosper till it learns there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.''
    Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), U.S. educator. address, Sept. 18, 1895, Atlanta Exposition. Up From Slavery (1901).
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