From a slave and a coal miner to an educator and a revolutionary
From poverty and untidiness to fortune and purity
From thirty students in one cabin to eight hundred students and thirty buildings
Booker T. Washington advocated a program at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama (which he himself had founded) that incorporated manual labor and life management skills into its design. If students learned useful trades while in school, he suggested, they would feel confident that they had something to offer and could therefore lay claim to a position in the social structure.