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I've been a fan of Professor Washington for some time without ever truly read his works. His story of building up himself and Tuskegee is impressive. I had a few friends who are Tuskegee alumni and they are impressive professionally.
I'm also aware of his negative reputation and how he is often juxtaposed with Dr. DuBois. It's this false dichotomy that has been the reason we don't know enough about Washington's efforts and advice. This book attempts to offer both sides and a middle to the discussion.
I suggest starting with Up from Slavery then coming back for the commentaries. The narrator does a wonderful job as well.
This book gave me a new look at Booker T. Washington. I am so pleased to have you learn about his struggle and his many accomplishments. Thank you Mr. Washington for paving the way for so many.
Firstly, if like myself you haven’t heard of Booker T Washington before then I’d advise you listen to the book first rather than the opinions beforehand. I would have done so in hindsight, as the book was then listened to from an angle of the arguments given beforehand rather than just the book itself and then reflecting on it.
The book itself is frankly amazing. The achievements made were tremendous given the time period and whilst there were certain aspects that I wouldn’t agree with personally, given the context I can understand.
There is a lot to learn for all non white communities in this not just for African Americans. Many of the post slavery struggles can be related to.
The overall message of hope and collaboration is very strong and welcome.
The narrator was very well suited to this, delivering in a strong and likeable tone.