The goal of the Booker T. Washington Inspirational Network is to form an alliance of thinkers, writers, speakers, business persons, activists, entertainers and others committed to the vision and ideals of Booker T. Washington.
Through speeches, articles, books, music, film and other avenues we hope to inspire, motivate and elevate a new generation of black Americans to follow in the footsteps of this great man. We believe that the life and legacy of Booker T. Washington have been too long overlooked and even misrepresented to the detriment of our great nation.
Throughout the history of mankind individuals have arisen, "called" if you will, that stand out from their peers to a degree that they shape history and leave an indelible mark on it from that time forth. These exceptional personalities provide us with inspiration and demonstrate for us the extraordinary achievements and stunning successes that were accomplished even in the face of the most extreme circumstances and opposition. Their lives, encouraging words and historic deeds, in spite of what appeared to be overwhelming obstacles, should inspire and motivate each of us to live a life of service to others and to utilize our God given gifts and talents to their fullest.
Booker T. Washington was such an individual. From his difficult and humble beginnings as a slave on a tobacco plantation, in the Virginia Hills, Booker T. Washington rose "Up From Slavery", during one of the lowest periods in American history, to become one of the greatest leaders of the Black American race, and a voice for the conscience of America.
Among his extraordinary contributions and achievements are the following:
It is the life and legacy of this exceptional man that causes us at the dawn of the 21st century, some 150 years after his birth and ninety years after his death, to consider his vision for racial and economic advance. That causes us to revisit his deep spiritual and economic wisdom and to believe that the liberating truth of his words is as applicable today for the progress of our race, or for any advancing race for that matter, as it was when it was first spoken many years ago.
You may join our network by communicating with us, supporting us in prayer and financially, and by proclaiming the message of Booker T. Washington. The Booker T. Washington Inspirational Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All gifts are tax deductible.
The Booker T. Washington Inspirational Network is the outgrowth of the Booker T. Washington Speakers Network originally founded by Gloria Jackson. In early 2005 at a forum at the Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C., Gloria was introduced to Eddie Huff. Through this contact and the discovery of a kindred spirit Eddie and Gloria joined forces in order to help develop and expand Gloria's vision for the network. After a few months of prayer, discussion, and planning the name was changed and Booker T. Washington Inspirational Network, Inc., BTWIN, was launched.
BTWIN is non-partisan, and will not promote any particular political party's candidate or policy. We are about discussing issues and solutions, particularly those affecting the Black community in America. It is our opinion that America, despite its shortcomings, remains the greatest nation on earth, but is chosen to be great for a particular purpose. We also believe that "Black America" is not only instrumental, but an integral part of that greatness- past, present and future. As America goes, so goes the world- as Black America goes, so goes this nation. Booker T. Washington with great vision and clarity saw this reality and prophetically declared a blessing and a curse, related to this relationship:
There is no escape through the law of man or of God from the inevitable:
The laws of changeless justice bind Oppressor with the oppressed;
As sin and suffering joined
We march to fate abreast
"Nearly sixteen millions of hands will aid you in pulling the load upward, or they will pull against you the load downward. We shall constitute one-third and more of the ignorance and crime of the South, or one third its intelligence and progress; we shall contribute one-third to the business and industrial prosperity of the South, or we shall prove a veritable body of death, stagnating, depressing, retarding every effort to advance the body politic." - Booker T. Washington - Atlanta Exposition Speech; September 18, 1895
These words written 120 years ago have proven prophetic and we stand at a very similar place, as a nation (for different reasons), than we did in 1895 when these words were spoken. While it is easy to blame either the white race, or our own race, neither is fruitful in the end. Blame and negativity were not the answer then and they are not the answer today. Faith in God, hope for mankind and a vision for a better day are.
We pray that we may be used to further the Kingdom of God and the fellowship of man.
Gloria is a great-granddaughter of Dr. Booker T. Washington and is the Founder and President of the Booker T. Washington Inspirational Network, Inc., BTWIN. It is Gloria's belief that it was not by accident that she was born into the bloodline of Booker T. Washington. She, instead, believes that it was a God given gift to provide her a platform from which to share with others the profound spiritual and economic wisdom and the liberating truth embodied in the words and actions of her great-grandfather. Though he was a man of his time, the principles that Booker T. Washington taught and lived by are as relevant today as they were a century ago.
An informal speaker for many years on the life and legacy of her great-grandfather, Gloria now speaks all over the country as she counters the often twisted and distorted view that many are taught about her great-grandfather in this politically correct age. In so doing, she exposes her listeners to the extraordinary grasp of freedom that her great-grandfather possessed so soon after the end of slavery. She explains that Booker T. Washington's work and his life of service provided us with a blueprint and a foundation to assist us to move forward into, not just the physical freedom afforded by the end of the Civil War, but into the full realization and expression of the promises of this country's Declaration of Independence, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He had a clear understanding that freedom can only exist within the realm of personal responsibility and individual initiative and that the author and giver of freedom is God.
Possessing a passion to challenge and inspire individuals to strive to live by the powerful values based ideals set for the by her great-grandfather including, family cohesiveness, hard work, educational excellence, economic strength and independence through free enterprise, all underscored by strong moral character and faith in God, Gloria encourages her listeners to turn away from and reject the oppressive and stifling intervention of massive government control over their lives. Whether, it's through public speaking or writing, her aim is to encourage others to use their God-given gifts and talents to build productive lives of which they can be proud and to understand that to act from a spirit of grievance or victimization is to simply volunteer to be re-enslaved. As our liberties are being challenged she encourages all to become reacquainted the founding documents of this country and to become apostles of freedom just as her great-grandfather was.
In April 2006, Gloria's book, co-authored with her cousin, Sarah Rush, Timeless Treasures - Reflections of God's Word in the Wisdom of Booker T. Washington, was released. The book was written as a tribute to their great-grandfather and his legacy and was released to correspond with the 150th year since his birth and the 125th year since he founded Tuskegee University.
In May 2007, Gloria was honored to become the first direct descendant of Booker T. Washington to deliver the commencement address at Tuskegee University.
Gloria holds a law degree from UCLA and she is an attorney and real estate broker. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
Gloria may be contacted at: Email or (323) 299-4470
Eddie was born to a single German mother and a black American (GI) father, in post war Germany. He grew up between 2 worlds, at first in a small German village speaking only German. From this world, at the age of 7, he was transplanted to a completely different world, that of the projects of Philadelphia. Growing up as an African American child in the 60s Eddie would move back and forth from predominantly black environments to very integrated ones. He has, however, always considered himself a black American and counts it as a supreme privilege to share in this rich history.
As a freshman at Texas Tech University he became a black radical/Hippie accepting all of the late 60s early 70s leftist ideology. He was vice president of the Black Student Union at Texas Tech as well as president of the charter chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity there. It was not until his accepting Jesus Christ as his personal savior in El Paso, Texas, one month after his graduation that Eddie began to see the world in a new way and begin on a new path with a new vision.
Eddie Graduated from Texas Tech in 1973 with a B BA in management.
From 1976-1978 Eddie attended Melodyland School of Theology in Anaheim, CA, in their M. Div. program and is a licensed minister.
From 1981 to 1992 Eddie with his wife Vickie and 4 children served as missionaries with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Eddie was director of Musicians for Missions in Amsterdam, Holland from 1981-84, then became director of the Augsburg, Germany YWAM base, leading Discipleship Training Schools and directing a Christian book distribution center providing Christian books and music to the U.S. Military throughout Europe and the Middle East. In addition to these duties Eddie spent extensive time in Uganda, Kenya and South Africa leading teams doing relief work, and teaching for Youth With A Mission bases there.
In his service with Youth With A Mission Eddie has spoken before thousands in Europe and Africa, as well as the United States.
In 1992 Eddie and family returned to the U.S. where he has been a financial services rep. with his own agency. He is a speaker and former owner of a Gospel recording Label. Eddie is a public speaker and has written hundreds of articles on public policy, socio-political, and spiritual themes.
For too long we have argued for better schools and education. The time has come to do something about it. The problem is not the schools, the teachers, the children, or even the parents. It is the system and focus of education that is the problem. The Washington Davidson Academies want to provide a new model for educating children in the 21st Century.
Why: Schools in at risk areas are failing and the various proposed solutions have not worked. We believe we have a better model. We want to give your child a better chance at success in life.
How: Booker T. Washington said: “ You may fill your heads with knowledge or skillfully train your hands, but unless it is based upon high, upright character, upon a true heart, it will amount to nothing. You will be no better than the most ignorant.” Taking these words to heart the WDAs will focus on developing a sound, moral and upright core character in its students as a foundation for learning. With that core we believe children and adults will want to learn and learn for the right reasons. We believe that teaching why we learn and how we learn are as important as learning itself. Learning is also not just about academic knowledge. It is about life skills, work ethic, and competing in all phases of life to become successful members of society.
What: Washington Davidson Academies are what we consider functional learning centers. We offer a safe disciplined learning environment where young people can learn in peace with all of the support they need to succeed.
When: Beginning in September of 2015 WDAs will open two learning centers for children age 4-7 or Pre-K through 2nd grade. These will be located in Oklahoma with one in North Tulsa and the other in Muskogee.
Contact the Booker T. Washington Inspirational Network, Inc-
Washington Davidson Academies at:
7941 E. 57th St., Suite 6
Tulsa, OK 74145
By email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
By phone: 918-895-4180