Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Booker T. Washington's answer to prejudice

~ Not Anger but Patience ~

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) was a great Afro-American educator. He organized the famous Tuskegee Institute, a school for Afro-Americans, at Tuskegee, Alabama. He was the school's first president.

Washington was born in slavery at Hales Fort, Virginia. Although he attended a mission school, he was largely self-educated. Few people have influenced the black race as much as did Washington.

On one occasion Washington was invited to give an address in a large city. Hailing a cab, Washington asked the driver to take him to the auditorium where Washington was to speak. But the white driver refused because Washington was black.

Patiently addressing the prejudiced driver, Washington said: "Alright, then, if you will get in the passenger seat I will drive you to the auditorium."

- Jack Finegan, At Wit's End (Richmond, VA: John Knox Press, 1963), 74

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