Today in History: Booker T. Washington

Statue of Booker T. Washington "Lifting the Veil of Ignorance"
Today in History–September 18–the Library of Congress features Booker T. Washington, who delivered his famous “Atlanta Compromise” or Atlanta Exposition speech on this day in 1895. The speech delivered by this prominent African American leader advocated for a moderate approach to race relations in the New South. Learn more about the founder and president of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (now Tuskegee University) by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access teaching resources and primary sources about Booker T. Washington.

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