Apr. 5, 2019
The Blackman Who Reads Aloud "Point/Counter Point Booker T. Washington & John Hope"
163 years ago today, Booker T. Washington, was born into slavery during a period when more than 95% of our black ancestors where living under the shackles of white oppression. Booker T. Washington was born human property condemned to be owned for life by his white owner. He actually was 9 years old when he was freed from those shackles by the ratification of the 13th Amendment.
Booker T. Washington rose to be the most influential black man in the United States. He was known as the Wizard of Tuskegee because of the influence he had on black society during his lifetime. His aim was for our black ancestors to build economic wealth while ignoring the fight for social equality in the United States. While some in black history identify Booker T. Washington's chief nemesis was either the black intellectual WEB DuBois or even the Boston newspaper publisher William Monroe Trotter, today I will read aloud an essay from John Hope, the first black president of the historically famous Atlanta University.
Listen while I read the words from the most famous speech The Atlanta Compromise, given by a black man in the history of the United States besides of course Martin Luther King's speech given on August 28, 1963. Then, compare those words with the speech given by Dr. John Hope, Equality Is What We Seek. One speech by Booker T. Washington focuses on vocational training and economic black development while John Hope's speech focuses on black intellectual development and social equality.
As I look back and also look at the events that have transpired since these words were spoken. I wonder if we shouldn't have focused on economic independence in this country. We as members of the total black communities across this nation are still seeking social equality in many ways in the United States. In the area of black economic development, many of our black communities are in desperate need of economic infusions which aren't available even today 124 years since Booker T. Washington's Atlanta Compromise speech.
So join me in acquiring even more black knowledge introducing too many in our black communities the historic educator John Hope.