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  • Dey made him uh delegate tuh de Sunday School Convention and he read uh paper on Booker T. Washington and tore him tuh pieces!
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • He was talking about Booker T. Washington, our "late great leader," who said we can be as close as the fingers on the hand, etc.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • In those pre-invisible days I visualized myself as a potential Booker T. Washington.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • A photocollage of Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and Booker T. Washington hung over the mantel.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying

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  • Was they teaching Mr. Booker T. Washington or was they teaching Mr. Frederick Douglass?
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • Well—I always thinks like Booker T. Washington said that time—"Education has spoiled many a good plow hand"— MAMA: Is that what old Booker T. said?
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • I had occasion to write to him, and I addressed him as "The Rev. Booker T. Washington."
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • "This is quite an office," Cedric says as his eyes wander from the paintings of Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass to a picture on the mantel of a young man about his own age, who must be Thomas’s son, and then to a foot-high religious statuette on the end table near Cedric’s right hand.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Of course, too, I knew for certain when I was your age that I’d never be forced to teach, that if my Muses failed to provide for me, I’d go grind lenses somewhere, like Booker T. Washington.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey

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  • In the early 1990s Delvin had been a dynamic quarterback for Booker T. Washington High School.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • Winslow said steadily, "Booker T. Washington got an honorary degree from Harvard.
    Ouida Sebestyen  --  Words by Heart
  • UP FROM SLAVERY: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY By Booker T. Washington This volume is dedicated to my Wife Margaret James Washington And to my Brother John H. Washington Whose patience, fidelity, and hard work have gone far to make the work at Tuskegee successful.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • How would you like to be the new Booker T. Washington?
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Telling the children that one of the lessons our great leader Mr. Booker T. Washington taught was for children to learn good honest labor.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • Or better still, what do you think of Booker T. Washington?
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Well, in the first place, the Founder came before him and did practically everything Booker T. Washington did and a lot more.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Yours truly, Booker T. Washington, Principal.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Ned said Mr. Booker T. Washington taught that all colored ought to stay together, work together, and try to improve their own lot before they tried to mix with the white folks.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • You hear a lot of arguments about Booker T. Washington, but few would argue about the Founder .
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • So it isn’t a matter of whether you wish to be the new Booker T. Washington, my friend.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • You shall be the new Booker T. Washington, but even greater than he.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • They might think I was acting like Booker T. Washington; let them.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Booker T. Washington, Esq.: My Dear Sir: I thank you for sending me a copy of your address delivered at the Atlanta Exposition.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • To speak of Tuskegee without paying special tribute to Booker T. Washington’s genius and perseverance would be impossible.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • God bless the orator, philanthropist, and disciple of the Great Master—who, if he were on earth, would be doing the same work—Booker T. Washington.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • To President Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, Tuskegee, Ala.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • No one who has followed the history of Tuskegee and its work can fail to admire the courage, persistence, and splendid common sense of Booker T. Washington.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • It was Professor Booker T. Washington, President of the Tuskegee (Alabama) Normal and Industrial Institute, who must rank from this time forth as the foremost man of his race in America.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Right now in this country, with its many national groups, all the old heroes are being called back to life-Jefferson, Jackson, Pulaski, Garibaldi, Booker T. Washington, Sun Yat-sen, Danny O’Connell, Abraham Lincoln and countless others are being asked to step once again upon the stage of history.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Booker T. Washington, the foremost educator among the coloured people of the world, was a very busy man from the time he arrived in the city the other night from the West and registered at the Iroquois.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • President Booker T. Washington, My Dear Sir: Harvard University desired to confer on you at the approaching Commencement an honorary degree; but it is our custom to confer degrees only on gentlemen who are present.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • The work which Professor Booker T. Washington has accomplished for the education, good citizenship, and popular enlightenment in his chosen field of labour in the South entitles him to rank with our national benefactors.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • "Booker T. Washington received his Harvard A.M. last June, the first of his race," said Governor Wolcott, "to receive an honorary degree from the oldest university in the land, and this for the wise leadership of his people."
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • It was Roger Wolcott, as well as the Governor of Massachusetts, the individual representative of the people’s sympathy as well as the chief magistrate, who had sprung first to his feet and cried, "Three cheers to Booker T. Washington!"
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • A correspondent of a New York Paper said:— When the name of Booker T. Washington was called, and he arose to acknowledge and accept, there was such an outburst of applause as greeted no other name except that of the popular soldier patriot, General Miles.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • to all, and especially to those whose mistreatment caused the war; but if that reconciliation is to be marked by the industrial slavery and civic death of those same black men, with permanent legislation into a position of inferiority, then those black men, if they are really men, are called upon by every consideration of patriotism and loyalty to oppose such a course by all civilized methods, even though such opposition involves disagreement with Mr. Booker T. Washington.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Professor Booker T. Washington, Paris, France: Dear Sir: Many of the best citizens of West Virginia have united in liberal expressions of admiration and praise of your worth and work, and desire that on your return from Europe you should favour them with your presence and with the inspiration of your words.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • This invitation from the City Council of Charleston was accompanied by the following:— Professor Booker T. Washington, Paris, France: Dear Sir: We, the citizens of Charleston and West Virginia, desire to express our pride in you and the splendid career that you have thus far accomplished, and ask that we be permitted to show our pride and interest in a substantial way.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • When Professor Booker T. Washington, Principal of an industrial school for coloured people in Tuskegee, Ala. stood on the platform of the Auditorium, with the sun shining over the heads of his auditors into his eyes, and with his whole face lit up with the fire of prophecy, Clark Howell, the successor of Henry Grady, said to me, "That man’s speech is the beginning of a moral revolution in America."
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • In substance, these were its words: "Booker T. Washington will suit us.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • The Boston Transcript said editorially: "The speech of Booker T. Washington at the Atlanta Exposition, this week, seems to have dwarfed all the other proceedings and the Exposition itself.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Mr. Clark Howell, the editor of the Atlanta Constitution, telegraphed to a New York paper, among other words, the following, "I do not exaggerate when I say that Professor Booker T. Washington’s address yesterday was one of the most notable speeches, both as to character and as to the warmth of its reception, ever delivered to a Southern audience.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Easily the most striking thing in the history of the American Negro since 1876 is the ascendancy of Mr. Booker T. Washington.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • But Booker T. Washington arose as essentially the leader not of one race but of two,—a compromiser between the South, the North, and the Negro.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • But to hell with this Booker T. Washington business.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
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