Up from Slavery Quotes by Booker T. Washington
Chapter 14 - Up from Slavery: An Autobiography
Up From Slavery Chapter 14 Summary
When Booker stood up to speak, there was a large amount of cheering, especially from the black people. Booker remembered only that when he stood up the uppermost thing on his mind was to say something that would cement the friendship of the races, and inspire friendly cooperation between them. Booker began his address by commenting on how one third of the population of the South was black, and how none seeking their material, civil or moral welfare, can disregard that element of their population and be successful. Booker told the reader the first thing he remembered after finishing his address was that Governor Bullock raced across the stage to grab him by the hand, as did many others. The newspapers across the States published the address in its entirety. Clark Howell, editor of the Atlanta Constitution wrote a glowing review which he telegraphed to a New York newspaper. Several days after he spoke he sent a transcript to President Grover Cleveland.
Many students applied to Tuskegee who had no money to pay even the small fees required. Not wishing to refuse these applicants, in they opened a night school based on the model used at Hampton. Students were required to work for ten hours during the day and study academics for two hours in the evenings, with nearly all of their earnings given to the treasury to use to pay their board in the day school once they were able to transfer. At this point, they studied academics four days a week and worked at their trade for two days. They also typically worked over the summer months. The school grew from 12 students at its opening to at the time of the book's writing. The school also provided religious training.
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