Born: 4/5/1856 Hale's Ford
Died: 11/14/1915 Tuskegee, Alabama, U.S.
Booker T. Washington was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community. Washington was from the last generation of black American leaders born into slavery and became the leading voice of the former slaves and their descendants.
Business / Schooling:
- "Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute<br/>Wayland Seminary"
Awards / Achievements:
- For his contributions to American society, Washington was granted an honorary master's degree from Harvard University in 1896 and an honorary doctorate from Dartmouth College in 1901.<br/><br/>At the end of the 2008 presidential election, the defeated Republican candidate, Senator John McCain, referred to Booker Washington's visit to Theodore Roosevelt's White House, a century before, as the seed that blossomed into Barack Obama as the first African American to be elected President of the United States