Booker T. Washington’s prescription for greatness

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Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington, the founder of Tuskegee Institute, delivered an address at Memorial Hall in Columbus, Ohio, May 24, 1900. The description was recorded in “The Booker T. Washington Papers,” Vol. 5: 1899-1900, (University of Illinois Press, 1976, p. 543-544): “Dr. Washington walked on the stage at Memorial Hall with a firm, confident tread, as one sure of his ground. His shoulders are broad and six feet of stature gives strength and poise to command respect. His hair is close cut and gives him the aspect of a war dog with all its tenacious fighting spirit. The eyes, however, gleam with kindliness and they temper the appearance of the latent fighting forces. … His jaw has the firmness of one who has the courage to stand by his convictions. …”

The description of Booker T. Washington continued: “‘It’s easy to see how that man succeeds,’ whispered a

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