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November 18, 2012

Many of the nation’s leaders come from many different backgrounds and experience many different types of education. W.E.D Dubois and Booker T. Washington fit into this description of leaders. Both men are the same but also equally different in many ways, from personal backgrounds, to education and even their philosophies’. “Where there is no struggle there is no strength”. ~Oprah Winfrey. Both men experienced hard ships and glories throughout life which shaped them into strong men. W.E.D. Dubois was born in Great Barrington Massachusetts in 1868. Dubois was the only child of Mary Burghardt and Alfred Dubois. At a young age Dubois’s father left him and his mother. Although Dubois was not born into slavery, his grandmother Elizabeth Freeman was a slave who sued to earn her freedom. The community Dubois lived in was mostly white with about 50 blacks. Booker T. Washington on the other hand was born in 1856 a slave and lived on a plantation in Virginia. Washington had 3 siblings James who was adopted, John and his sister Amanda. Like Dubois, Washington didn’t know his father who was a white man. Growing up not knowing their real fathers, with little blacks in one area and more helpless blacks than desired on a plantation, where whites ruled in both places was a struggle for both men, but strengthened them and gave them courage to succeeded. ”Live as you were to die tomorrow, Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi. Although both men went through many problems and were not expected to succeed they still took advantage of every opportunity that came there way especially when it came to education. W.E.D Dubois attended a pradomently white school as a child, and was the valedictory in high school. In 1885 Dubois attended Fisk University in Nashville Tennessee and graduated 3 years later. In 1888 he attended...
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