1. Hate in America was still strong for my people and I in the United States. Slavery was abolished after the American Civil War ended. The south did not like the idea of this because African-Americans did not have to do extremely unhealthy work that was forced upon us, for the south's benefit. The 19th century was a new beginning for all of my people and how we can enforce this idea of the American dream of freedom upon ourselves.

Discrimination though was still strong throughout the southern states. The KKK, or the Ku Klux Klan, came about after the Civil War supporting racism against our race. We did not want to come to America, the white race brought us here because they were greedy and obviously too lazy to work on their own plantations. Why are they making hate groups then, if it is the white mans fault that we are here? It just doesn't add up. Blacks were still discriminated and some were killed by former slave owners by the use of lynching.

NAACP Lynching Flag
The Ku Klux Klan
Africans sold into slavery after arriving in America.
Slaves are taken to slave ships to be sent off to America.
An African-American unit during the Civil War.

2. In America, racism was still an issue after slavery was abolished. I was finally a free man and I knew what i wanted to do for work. Earlier in my young life, I use to help carry books for my master's daughter to school. I had a passion to learn at an early age. At age 16, I embarked on my mission to be educated and go to school, which was illegal for all black skinned people at the time. I got into Hampton Institute, where they would take you even if you were rich or poor. Later, i became an instructor there and then I became a principle at the school I founded in 1881, which was called Tuskegee Institute. I was recognized as one of the best black educators in America.

I believe that education could lead our people to a better future. Education is key, because the brain and mind is more powerful than criticism. I did not protest or challenge the political system for that matter. I concentrated more on how African-Americans could provide themselves with strong educations and industrial skills. I believed that that with strong economic self-reliance, that we could make a name for ourselves in this country they call Freedom. I believed in silent ways to change, rather than spark rallies about how mistreated with are. Education is key in my point of view, so that my race could be economically reliable.

A newspaper article that shows how Booker T. Washington used silence and education for change.
Hampton Institute.
Tuskagee University.
Educations for African-Americans started to increase during this time.
African American schools weren't in the top shape, but education was education.

3. I had many successes and failures by practicing my education and telling people how i think we should handle race issues. I had much criticism by Frederick Douglass and others that thought that standing up to the "white man" was the right thing to do and fight for freedom and rights. Myself on the other hand, believed that we should use education to learn valuable industrial skills and to enhance our knowledge. Since I'm an African-American that was a principle of a school and a university, enabled other African-Americans to do the same. George Washington Carver, a well known African-American scientist, also came to Tuskagee University to teach and study.

Since the movement, I have been invited to the white house by President Roosevelt. The race movement is still happening with constant discrimination entering the 20th century. I just know, that i helped my fellow African-Americans get their right to receive an education. Race riots have started to happen, and lynching also still happens in the south because of how bad the racism is. Education can provide skills that are needed for industrial jobs, and to fight the power of racism.

Booker T. Washington and Teddy Roosevelt.

A picture of George W. Carver who was a famous chemist enrolled at Booker's University.

Race Riots started to occur in the early 20th century.