Booker T. Washington: Educator And Racial Spokesman by Alan Schroeder

By Alan Schroeder

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The female students were expected to keep their hair combed and their clothing tidy; the young men had to wear collars and neckties. Everyone became acquainted with the toothbrush. TUSKEGEE INSTITUTE’S EARLY SUCCESS By November 1881, enrollment at the school had jumped from 30 to 88. q 50 15/12/04 15:55 Page 50 BOOKER T. WASHINGTON Hampton came to Tuskegee to relieve him of some of the duties. Among the new arrivals was a graceful 27-year-old woman named Olivia Davidson. A talented and clever instructor, she was quickly assigned the post of lady principal.

He was also honored for his accomplishments in education by being the first African American elected to the New York University Hall of Fame for Great Americans, in 1945. q 22 15/12/04 15:53 Page 22 BOOKER T. ” THE TINKERSVILLE SCHOOL The first evening that Booker attended the Tinkersville school, he was asked to recite his name. This request perplexed him. As a slave child, he had never been called anything but Booker. He had no idea what his full name was or if he even had one. Perhaps thinking of his stepfather, the name Booker Washington sprang to his lips, and this was what he called himself for the next few years.

Armstrong also insisted that his students pay close attention to their hygiene. The general believed that a clean body and a clean mind went hand in hand. Accordingly, Washington became acquainted with the bathtub, the comb, the napkin, and the toothbrush during his first weeks at Hampton. By nature, Armstrong was cheerful, unselfish, and immensely popular with the female instructors. From the beginning, he took a fatherly interest in the young men and women at Hampton Institute, all of whom were exceptionally fond of him.

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