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
- 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
- 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.