Booker T. Washington birthday April 5, 1856 in Hale’s Ford Virginia, Born into slavery, Sought knowledge worked tirelessly to become educated and to educate others, Noble man inspiration to humanity, Up from Slavery

Booker T. Washington birthday April 5, 1856 in Hale’s Ford Virginia, Born into slavery, Sought knowledge worked tirelessly to become educated and to educate others, Noble man inspiration to humanity, Up from Slavery

“I tried to emphasize the fact that while the Negro should not be deprived by unfair means of the franchise, political agitation alone would not save him, and that back of the ballot he must have property, industry, skill, economy, intelligence, and character, and that no race without these elements could permanently succeed.”… Booker T. Washington address, Atlanta Cotton states and International Exposition, Atlanta, Ga., September 18, 1895

” I pity from the bottom of my heart any nation or body of people that is so unfortunate as to get entangled in the net of slavery. I have long since ceased to cherish any spirit of bitterness against the Southern white people on account of the enslavement of my race. No one section of our country was wholly responsible for its introduction, and, besides, it was recognized and protected for years by the General Government. Having once got its tentacles fastened on to the economic and social life of the Republic, it was no easy matter for the country to relieve itself of the institution. Then, when we rid ourselves of prejudice, or racial feeling, and look facts in the face, we must acknowledge that, notwithstanding the cruelty and moral wrong of slavery, the ten million Negroes inhabiting this country, who themselves or whose ancestors went through the school of American slavery, are in a stronger and more hopeful condition, materially, intellectually, morally, and religiously, than is true of an equal number of black people in any other portion of the globe. This is so to such an extent that Negroes in this country, who themselves or whose forefathers went through the school of slavery, are constantly returning to Africa as missionaries to enlighten those who remained in the fatherland. This I say, not to justify slavery – on the other hand, I condemn it as an institution, as we all know that in America it was established for selfish and financial reasons, and not from a missionary motive – but to call attention to a fact, and to show how Providence so often uses men and institutions to accomplish a purpose. When persons ask me in these days how, in the midst of what sometimes seem hopelessly discouraging conditions, I can have such faith in the future of my race in this country, I remind them of the wilderness through which and out of which, a good Providence has already led us.”…Booker T. Washington , “Up from Slavery”

 

I remember reading about Booker T. Washington when I was young.

I remember that I was impressed then.

I decided to revisit his life on his birthday today, April 5, 2018.

I am even more impressed with what I have read about him.

He is an inspiration to all humanity.

From Biography.com.

“Early Life

Born to a slave on April 5, 1856, Booker Taliaferro Washington’s life had little promise early on. In Franklin County, Virginia, as in most states prior to the Civil War, the child of a slave became a slave. Booker’s mother, Jane, worked as a cook for plantation owner James Burroughs. His father was an unknown white man, most likely from a nearby plantation. Booker and his mother lived in a one-room log cabin with a large fireplace, which also served as the plantation’s kitchen.

At an early age, Booker went to work carrying sacks of grain to the plantation’s mill. Toting 100-pound sacks was hard work for a small boy, and he was beaten on occasion for not performing his duties satisfactorily. Booker’s first exposure to education was from the outside of a school house near the plantation; looking inside, he saw children his age sitting at desks and reading books. He wanted to do what those children were doing, but he was a slave, and it was illegal to teach slaves to read and write.

After the Civil War, Booker and his mother moved to Malden, West Virginia, where she married freedman Washington Ferguson. The family was very poor, and nine-year-old Booker went to work in the nearby salt furnaces with his stepfather instead of going to school. Booker’s mother noticed his interest in learning and got him a book from which he learned the alphabet and how to read and write basic words. Because he was still working, he got up nearly every morning at 4 a.m. to practice and study. At about this time, Booker took the first name of his stepfather as his last name, Washington.

In 1866, Booker T. Washington got a job as a houseboy for Viola Ruffner, the wife of coal mine owner Lewis Ruffner. Mrs. Ruffner was known for being very strict with her servants, especially boys. But she saw something in Booker—his maturity, intelligence and integrity—and soon warmed up to him. Over the two years he worked for her, she understood his desire for an education and allowed him to go to school for an hour a day during the winter months.”

“Education

In 1872, Booker T. Washington left home and walked 500 miles to Hampton Normal Agricultural Institute in Virginia. Along the way he took odd jobs to support himself. He convinced administrators to let him attend the school and took a job as a janitor to help pay his tuition. The school’s founder and headmaster, General Samuel C. Armstrong, soon discovered the hardworking boy and offered him a scholarship, sponsored by a white man. Armstrong had been a commander of a Union African-American regiment during the Civil War and was a strong supporter of providing newly freed slaves with a practical education. Armstrong became Washington’s mentor, strengthening his values of hard work and strong moral character.

Booker T. Washington graduated from Hampton in 1875 with high marks. For a time, he taught at his old grade school in Malden, Virginia, and attended Wayland Seminary in Washington, D.C. In 1879, he was chosen to speak at Hampton’s graduation ceremonies, where afterward General Armstrong offered Washington a job teaching at Hampton. In 1881, the Alabama legislature approved $2,000 for a “colored” school, the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (now known as Tuskegee University). General Armstrong was asked to recommend a white man to run the school, but instead recommended Booker T. Washington. Classes were first held in an old church, while Washington traveled all over the countryside promoting the school and raising money. He reassured whites that nothing in the Tuskegee program would threaten white supremacy or pose any economic competition to whites.”

“Tuskegee Institute

Under Booker T. Washington’s leadership, Tuskegee became a leading school in the country. At his death, it had more than 100 well-equipped buildings, 1,500 students, a 200-member faculty teaching 38 trades and professions, and a nearly $2 million endowment. Washington put much of himself into the school’s curriculum, stressing the virtues of patience, enterprise, and thrift. He taught that economic success for African Americans would take time, and that subordination to whites was a necessary evil until African Americans could prove they were worthy of full economic and political rights. He believed that if African Americans worked hard and obtained financial independence and cultural advancement, they would eventually win acceptance and respect from the white community.”

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20 responses to “Booker T. Washington birthday April 5, 1856 in Hale’s Ford Virginia, Born into slavery, Sought knowledge worked tirelessly to become educated and to educate others, Noble man inspiration to humanity, Up from Slavery

  1. citizenwells

    “Finally I won, and was permitted to go to the school in the day for a few months, with the understanding that I was to rise early in the morning and work in the furnace till nine o’clock, and return immediately after school closed in the afternoon for at least two more hours of work.

    The schoolhouse was some distance from the furnace, and as I had to work till nine o’clock, and the school opened at nine”
    Booker T. Washington , “Up from Slavery”

  2. oldsailor85

    CW………
    ………your article about Booker T Washington, brings to my mind another such individual whose name was George Washington Carver. He became a gifted plant biologist, and was eventually responsible for figuring out over 28 ways to use the peanut, and its various derivatives. The accomplishments of both of them tells me that scaling the mountain of adversity which the black person encountered then, was NOT IMPOSSIBLE. In spite of it all Booker T, Washington became a champion of education, and founded the Tuskegee Institute. George Washington Carver became one of the world’s most noted plant biologists.

  3. oldsailor85

    AND……..
    …………both men largely EDUCATED THEMSELVES, to such an extent that they eventually were recognized as the pioneers they indeed were.

  4. oldsailor85

    CW……….
    ………….I can’t help wondering what would have happened to both men had conditions then been what they are today!

  5. citizenwells

    Good question.
    I tend to believe that much of today’s atmosphere of entitlement hampers more than helps.

  6. oldsailor85

    CW……
    ………in responding to your post I wrote that Booker T Washington had founded the Tuskegee Institute. I had that wrong it existed before he became the head of it. What is important is the accomplishments of both men. This is ALL TELLING…….and certainly should be ADMIRED.

  7. oldsailor85

    CW……
    ……….of more recent fame is Dr, Ben Carson who also originated out of adversity in Detroit. He overcame adversity and eventually became a respected pediatric neuro surgeon at Johns Hopkins. ADVERSITY CAN BE OVERCOME WHEN THERE IS A WILL TO OVERCOME IT!!!!!

  8. CW and GW,

    Knowing the history of both men, I doubt that the word ‘entitlement’ was in their vocabulary; I don’t think they would’ve understood it.

    Unlike many today, these two pioneers were cut from a different cloth..

  9. citizenwells

    Illinois Town Bypasses Constitution, US Citizens Given 60 Days To Turn In Guns Or Become Criminals

    Fines for not disposing of the weapons range from $250 to $1000 per day per gun for those who choose not to comply with the city’s ordinance. While a fine may seem reasonable to some, as TFTP has reported on multiple occasions, failure to pay fines always results in police action. It is not far-fetched to predict major turmoil and arrests in the event of non-compliance.

    One example of the so-called “assault weapon” is the Ruger 10/22 which can accept magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Even though the 10/22 is not listed in the list of guns the village wants to see banned, the gun cannot legally be possessed in the village.

    Residents have been instructed to either sell their guns, transfer the ownership to someone who lives outside the village, surrender their guns to Deerfield’s sheriff, or begin paying the fines.

    Deerfield mentioned a number of cities where mass shootings took place, including Sutherland Springs, TX where 26 people were killed in the First Baptist Church. That shooting was actually stopped by a man who used the very gun Deerfield voted to ban. No mention was made of that fact in the ordinance.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-06/illinois-town-bypasses-constitution-us-citizens-given-60-days-turn-guns-or-become

  10. citizenwells

    “Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA – ordinary citizens don’t need guns, as their having guns doesn’t serve the State.”… Heinrich Himmler

  11. CW………
    …………and soon there will be one hell of a class action lawsuit filed against the Sheriff of Deerfield Illinois, along with ALL OF the A$$HOLES who assisted with the anti 2nd amendment bull$hit. Every one who is affected needs to sue for $10,000,000,00, each in a class action, they will win, the Deerfield Sheriff cannot override the US Constitution. He could end up in PRISON HIMSELF. The action needs to be filed via the DOJ.

  12. oldsailor85

    IN REALITY……..
    ………ALL US CITIZENS HAVE THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS. THIS IS GUARANTEED BY THE CONSTITUTION,AND NO SIMPLE MINDED SHERIFF OR NUT CASE MAYOR CAN OVERRIDE THIS GUARANTEE. THEY MIGHT THINK THEY CAN BUT WHEN IT HITS THE SCOTUS THE TWISTED DEERFIELD CITY COUNCIL, AND THE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT WILL OWE ALL THE PLAINTIFFS SOME REALLY BIG BUCKS. I HAVE A GUT FEELING THAT THIS WILL END JUST LIKE ALLTHE OTHER ACTIONS WHICH WAS TRIED IN THE RECENT PAST IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE COUNTRY………ALL CONFISCATION SORT OF ACTIONS AGAINST US CITIZENS HAVE FAILED IN THE COURTROOM. THE LIBERAL NUT CASES KEEP ON TRYING OVER AND OVER…….AND EACH TIME THEY GET SLAPPED SILLY BY THE COURTS.

  13. oldsailor85

    CW………
    (from US Constitution)

    “A WELL REGULATED MILITIA, BEING NECESSARY TO THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE, THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”. (THE FOREGOING WORDS DO NOT IN ANY WAY IMPLY A SPECIFIC MAKE, MODEL OR ARMS STYLE…….IT SIMPLY SAYS “ARMS”. IN SUCH WORD USAGE…….. INCLUDES ALL ARMS!!

  14. oldsailor85

    …..WHILE THERE IS PROBABLE CREDENCE IN RAISING THE AGE LEVEL TO PURCHASE A FIREARM TO 21, THERE IS STILL NO WAY A LEGAL ENTITY, A SHERIFF, A MAYOR, A CONGRESSMAN, A SENATOR, OR ANYONE ELSE, CAN OVERRIDE THE US CONSTITUTION. THE POTUS HAS THE POWER TO DECLARE MARTIAL LAW………..THIS IS THE ONLY ACTION WHICH CAN SUSPEND OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. YOU CAN BAN THE SALE OF ANYTHING IF ENOUGH PEOPLE ASK FOR IT……….BUT YOU CANNOT CONFISCATE PRIVATELY OWNED FIREARMS WITHOUT A COURT ORDER. EVEN A SHERIFF NEEDS TO DISPLAY A SIGNED COURT ORDER TO DEMAND THAT YOU SURRENDER YOUR FIREARMS. NOT SIGNED BY THE SHERIFF , BUT SIGNED BY A JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO DUE PROCESS AGAINST SUCH ACTION IN THE COURTROOM.

  15. oldsailor85

    A SHERIFF ALONE, WITHOUT A DULY PROCESSED COURT ORDER CANNOT KNOCK ON YOUR DOOR AND DEMAND THAT YOU TURN ALL OF YOUR FIREARMS OVER TO HIM. WHEN THAT HAPPENS YOU CALL THE NEAREST FBI……..THE REASON FOR THE FBI IS BECAUSE YOUR “CONSTITUTIONAL” RIGHTS ARE BEING VIOLATED BY THE SHERIFF. AGAIN IF HE HAS NO COURT ORDER HE CANNOT DEMAND YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTY BE SURRENDERED TO HIM. THIS INCLUDES FIREARMS,ARCHERY EQUIPMENT, ETC. IF YOU THREATEN HIM IN ANYWAY WITH A WEAPON THEN HE CAN LEGALLY ARREST YOU,AND CONFISCATE THE PARTICULAR WEAPON WHICH HE WAS THREATENED WITH BY YOU. THERE ARE NO IFS ANDS OR BUTS.

  16. A sheriff is the ultimate legal authority in your county–the sheriff can give permission for other abc agencies to enter …or not!!!

  17. oldsailor85

    JJ…………
    A SHERIFF CANNOT LEGALLY OVERRIDE THE CONSTITUTION. TO TAKE ANYONE’S PROPERTY HE MUST HAVE A DULY PROCESSED COURT ORDER. WHILE HE IS AS YOU SAY THE ULTIMATE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER HE TOO MUST ACT WITHIN BOTH CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND STATE LAW. STATE LAW CANNOT OVERRIDE CONSTITUTIONAL LAW. CALIFORNIA IS PROBABLY GOING TO LEARN THAT THE HARD WAY. AS IT STANDS NOW THEY THINK STATE LAW IS PREDOMINANT OVER CONSTITUTIONAL LAW……….IT IS NOT!!!! MANY ATTEMPTS BY A NUMBER OF CITIES BOTH IN THE RECENT PAST, AND THE DISTANT PAST HAVE ATTEMPTED TO LEGALLY CONFISCATE FIREARMS………..ALL WERE SLAPPED DOWN BY EITHER THE APPELLATE COURT OR THE SCOTUS. THERE IS LITTLE DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT ANY ATTEMPT BY EITHER THE DEERFIELD MAYOR, OR THE SHERIFF OF THE COUNTY TO IMPOSE AN ORDNANCE ALLOWING THEM TO CONFISCATE FIREARMS WILL VERY QUICKLY HAVE CIVIL LAWSUITS BY THE THOUSANDS, AND IT’S LEGALITY WILL VERY QUICKLY BE CHALLENGED IN FEDERAL COURT, AND PROBABLY WOULD ONCE AGAIN END UP IN THE SCOTUS. UNTIL THE 2ND AMMENDMENT IS CHANGED FROM IT’S PRESENT LANGUAGE FIREARMS CANNOT BE LEGALLY CONFISCATED. BUT YES IF SOMEBODY IS LEGALLY DEEMED A DANGER TO HIMSELF AND OTHERS AROUND HIM/HER THEN THERE IS LEGAL JUSTIFICATION TO SEPARATE THAT PERSON FROM ANY FIREARMS THAT HE MIGHT OWN. EVEN THEN A SHERIFF NEEDS COURT ORDER TO SERVE ON THE PERSON AT WHICH POINT HE CAN LEGALLY COLLECT THE FIREARMS THAT ARE IN THE SUBJECT’S POSSESSION, AND REMOVE THEM FROM THE PROPERTY TO A PLACE OF SAFE STORAGE. HE MUST ALSO GIVE A ITEMIZED RECEIPT TO THE PERSON FROM WHOM THE FIREARMS WERE TAKEN.
    IF A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER GOES OUTSIDE THE LAW AND ACTS ON SOME SORT OF PRETEXT HE CAN BE DEALT WITH AT THE STATE SUPREME COURT. THERE IS ALSO A LAWYER DISCIPLINARY COMMISSION, WHICH IS AN ARM OF THE STATE SUPREME COURT. WHEN A LAWYER PERPETRATES A CRIMINAL ACT IT NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE STATE AG AND A COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST THE LAWYER AT THE AG LEVEL.

  18. ………oldsailor85
    Found this??
    If the judge violated your constitutional rights, there are several Supreme Court and appellate findings that submit any judge who violates your rights while upholding governmental biases is not acting in his/her judicial capacity due to their oath to uphold the Constitution and the Supreme Court cases that dictate every court must follow the law of the land. It’s still a huge process, and the majority of judges do not like ruling against one of their own.

  19. oldsailor85

    hapnHal………….
    ……….whether it is a judge, or a sheriff who violates your Constitutional rights he/she has acted outside of Constitutional law.

  20. oldsailor85
    It’s Saturday and President Trump is working…….
    Saturday’s Tweet

    What does the Department of Justice and FBI have to hide? Why aren’t they giving the strongly requested documents (unredacted) to the HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE? Stalling, but for what reason? Not looking good!

    Have an idea…
    Give them 48 hours to turn over the documents or start arresting people. Whatcha think?

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