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*Interesting things that happened April 5th:
Birthdays on this date:
In 1856 Booker T. Washington, pioneering educator
Events worth noting:
In 1887 Anne Sullivan teaches "water" to Helen Keller
*1856 April 5- Booker Taliaferro Washington is born a slave near Hale's
Virginia. He will become a world reknown educator, founder of
Tuskegee Institute. He will become one of the most famous African
American educators and leaders of the 19th century. His message
of acquiring practical skills and emphasizing self-help over
political rights will be popular among whites and segments of the
African American community. His 1901 autobiography, "Up From
Slavery", which details his rise to success despite numerous
obstacles, will become a best-seller and further enhances his
public image as a self-made man. As popular as he will be in some
circles, Washington will be aggressively opposed by critics such
as W.E.B. Du Bois and William Monroe Trotter. He will join the
ancestors on November 14, 1915. He will become the first African
American to be honored on a U.S. postage stamp.
*1956 April 5- Booker T. Washington becomes the only African American
twice on a U.S. postage stamp. To commemorate the centennial of
his birth, the U.S. Postal Service issues a stamp depicting the
cabin where he was born.
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