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From an old clay cabin in Virginia's hills, Booker T. Washington rose up to be one of the nation's great leaders. He lit a torch in Alabama; then darkness fled.

~ The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

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The goal of the Booker T. Washington Inspirational Network is to form an alliance of thinkers, writers, speakers, businesspersons, 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:

  • Founder and builder of the Tuskegee Institute
  • Founder of the National Negro Business league
  • The first person in the United States to convene an international conference addressing the concerns of black people throughout the world
  • First black person to dine with the President at the White House, and with the Queen at Buckingham Palace
  • First black person whose likeness would appear on a postage stamp and on a coin
  • First black person to have a U.S. naval vessel named after him
  • First black American to receive an honorary masters degree from Harvard and PhD from Dartmouth

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.