1 May 2013
From Darkness to Light:
Determine to Rise Out of Slavery We are proud to be a black race, because we have a place that only God himself can give us. There are many great men gone before us and have pave the way for me and other to have a chance to make history as our great leaders Booker T. Washington (Washington) and William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (W.E.B. Du Bois). These men had to work hard and fight to make it in this world. The black people should be proud and hold their head up high; because, God is yet on our side. But still all men are God’s creation and when we accept this all of God’s people can be free. Because the determination of two black men; to rise, in their differences, and in their likeness.
Booker T. Washington was not as well educated as Edward Burghardt Du Bois. Washington was self-educated men, who travel under harsh conditions. However Washington made it to Hampton Institute. Where Washington learned; alongside: General Samuel Chapman Armstrong. Edward Burghardt Du Bois was more fortunate to have a better education than Washington. He was able to go to Harvard and receive his Ph.D. Even though their views on education were not the same, they both had a good approach. Washington was more for industrial education, than academic education but W.E.B. Du Bois was just the opposite. Also the educational and cultural differences carried over to their personal styles: Washington often wore overalls at home in Tuskegee and always the standard sack suit when at work or traveling, while Du Bois often dressed the part of the European professor, including the accessories of kid gloves and a cane. (Norrell 226-227)
"1906: Booker T Washington (1856 - 1915), (center) the first principal of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama with Vice President William Taft (1857 - 1930) and steel magnate Andrew Carnegie (1838 - 1919) on his right during the Institute's 25th anniversary celebrations. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)" -- Image Date: 1/1/1906 -- Image Date: 1/1/1906
Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois were two black educated men. Who were African Americans that were knowledgeable of the technological advancement, was far more important to the advancement of African Americans and kept on working in that area of technology. Washington generally felt that industrial education was more important than academic education to accomplish his goal for African Americans social improvement. This allowed Washington and students to later build the Tuskegee school. For his determination today, we have more technical and trade school across the nation.
The philosophy of self-help has been well credited to Washington; this was a message that was very much in time as far back as the 1850s. It experienced a renaissance during Reconstruction, particularly among educated African Americans. Washington was different from most people in the south, in the fact that he was astute to the fact that in a capitalist society that it was pertinent for African Americans to become skillfully adapt to the ever-changing economy. It was his astonishing Atlanta Compromise speech that firmly defined Washington as a man who was deeply immersed with economic and technological advancement. W.E.B. Du Bois concurred with Washington that progress among the Black race had to occur, but he believed that it would be more aptly served through a trickled down means. W.E.B. Du Bois was adamant in his belief that intellectual guidance from the best and brightest among the Black race was the means by which to advance African Americans. W.E.B. Du Bois promoted a paternalistic form of advancement of the Black race. (Johnson, and Watson 65-70) Washington’s approach was to lift up the Black race. Instead of, direct-action with picket-lines and declare against white authority. He took a stand on freedom and equality, by economic independence. To create a moral understanding that would gain African