Booker T Washington Speeches

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The definition of Civil rights is, “The rights of citizens to political and social freedom and equality.” Many blacks fought for freedom from slavery and then fought for equality and an end to segregation. A large number of politicians and educators, white and black, fought and risked their lives to get rights and equality for blacks. African Americans were treated very badly, and had to suffer through segregation, racism, and violence. Booker T. Washington was one of the most influential black educators who fought for equality. Booker Taliaferro Washington was born on April 5, 1856. Booker was a slave on a farm in Hale’s Ford,Virginia to an African American mother. He had one brother named John and one sister named Amanda. His father was thought to be white because Booker had very light, black skin, red-black hair, and gray eyes. He was 9 years old when the civil war ended. In brief, education was so important to him so Booker would go to school at 4:00 in the morning and go to work after school. He learned the virtues of cleanliness, frugality, and personnel from the white family he served. After being one of the four million blacks being emancipated, Booker, his family and new step-father, moved to Malden, West Virginia to start a new, safe, and hopefully happy life. During Booker’s life, many events involved with civil…show more content…
Washington delivered one of the most famous civil right speeches, the Atlanta Compromise Address, which is about urging African-Americans to get economic security before social or political equality. This speech caused arguments between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois but, many people agreed with him and fought for economic security first. Another subject he spoke about was the National Negro Business League, which was formed 1915. The organization was formed to promote financial and commercial welfare of blacks. Booker T. Washington had many famous and influential speeches about
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