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Alabama History/Culture in the News: 5 April

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  • A.J. Wright
    fyi... aj wright // aj wright@uab.edu *Interesting things that happened April 5th: Birthdays on this date: In 1856 Booker T. Washington, pioneering educator
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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
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      *1856 April 5- Booker Taliaferro Washington is born a slave near Hale's
      Ford,
      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
      honored
      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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