Booker T. Washington And The Civil Rights Movement Essay

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Within my 20 years of living, I have never experienced as much racial tension as my generation is encountering in present day. Such uninterrupted racial tension has begun to awaken my race’s youth to the very stable and living institution of systematic oppression that continues to suffocate the progress, success, and equality of African American life. Similar to the times of Washington and DuBois and the Civil Rights movement, African Americans are once again faced with the question of “How to throw off the shackles of our oppressors and establish a thriving and safe situation for our race?’ In other words, what is the best strategy for black people to overcome oppression?
In the late 19th century, Booker T. Washington and WEB DuBois rightfully held opposing strategies for improving the situation of black life, considering their vastly different backgrounds. (I had the pleasure of once taking an African American Studies course that’s focus was on the comparison of these 2 great minds.) Washington was a former slave who was introduced to education through a normal school in the south. Washington eventually went on to become the founder of Tuskegee, the most successful vocational school of its time. DuBois was the son of freed blacks and knew the situation of systematic oppression in the North very well. DuBois eventually went on to become the first black graduate from Harvard.
Although their views already existed, the Atlantic Compromise defined Washington and DuBois’…

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