W.E.B. Dubois, Marcus Garvey, & Booker T Washingon Analysis

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W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, and Marcus Garvey’s endeavors helped to accomplish great things for African Americans.
Booker T. Washington was an educator and activist, who was recommended as headmaster at a new school by Samuel Armstrong and in that was put in charge of the Tuskegee Negro Normal Institute. Washington became nationally known following a publicized speech at the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta in 1895, where he expressed his attitude toward the w whites’ worries of blacks demanding equality. Quotes in his speech caused black radicals to without question refer to this speech as the “Atlanta Compromise”. From this speech, Washington gets disapproved by a black man that feels that African Americans are able to perform better than Washington thinks that they can. He also gets questioned for his insinuation that Whites and Blacks are unequal, which in makes it seem as though Whites will look at African Americans as 2nd class citizens. Washington largely relied on the concept of blacks being able to accept segregation and the denial of voting rights; this also caused Washington to deny the founding of the NAACP. Booker’s stand for African Americans’ civil rights and his push for hard work being the only path to equality and success were crucial. He also pushed in racial improvement and economic empowerment through vocational training. In such cases as Giles vs. Harris, regardless of Washington’s opposition of the attainment of civil rights in the courtroom, Washington still financially supported such legal battles as this one. He had many accomplishments, among those were him being the first African American to have his portrait on a postage stamp, him also becoming the first African American to be recognized on a U.S. coin, along with being the founder of the National Business League. Booker T. Washington was characterized as the most prominent black leader, but his fellow activist, W.E.B....
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