November 28, 2017
Great Black Men
Booker T. Washington and W.E.B Dubois differ significantly in their personal lives, personal beliefs, educational philosophies, and legacies. Booker T. Washington was born as slave on a Virginia farm in 1856. During and after his lifespan he was known as one of the most influential African American intellectuals. He valued education and black excellence. William Edward Burghardt better known as W.E.B Dubois was born in Great Barrington Massachusetts in 1868. He is most famous for being one of the leading African American sociologist, writer, and activist. He was a founding officer of National Association for the Advancement of Colored people (NAACP). He valued education and Pan Africanism (Muffin 733).
Booker T Washington and W.E.B Dubois, two great leaders of the black community, however, lived very different lifestyles and had different point of views when it came to certain topics. Washington born in Franklin County, Virginia in the mid-1850s, Booker T. Washington spent his early childhood in slavery while W.E.B Dubois, born in Massachusetts 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, he grew up both free and in the North. He did not experience the harsh conditions of slavery or of southern prejudice. He grew up in a predominately white environment. Dubois and Washington clashed on occasion over the appropriate strategies for black advancement . Washington believed in industrial education for blacks Washington (like many Blacks) felt that a formalized education was the best way to...