Booker T Washington And The Civil Rights Movement Essay

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Booker T Washington and W.E.B DuBois had contrasting views on how to attain racial equality, though the views of Du Bois sparked the Civil Rights Movement. Booker T Washington considered that social equality would come naturally when African Americas were economically powerful. W.E.B DuBois thought that political and social equality was necessary, so he created movements such as the Niagara movement to push for equality. Washington and DuBois were both African American leaders who wanted racial equality, though Washington believed that black people must work hard to gain respect from others, while DuBois believed that people should have been actively fighting for their rights. According to Booker T Washington, doing hard work and being meticulous at it could develop racial equality. He believed in a large industrial education and a basic schooling so African Americans could run successful businesses and hire African American people in these businesses. Booker T Washington founded and helped run the Tuskegee Institute, an industrial school for African Americans. In this industrial education, African Americans were taught the skills to be engineers, farmers, crafters, and many other jobs. In Washington’s view, African Americans “shall prosper in proportions as we learn to dignify and glorify common labor and put brains and skill into the common occupations of life” (Atlanta Exposition Address. Pg. 947). Washington though that when African Americans had economic equality with…

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