Booker T. Washington: Preparing Students For Christian Work - November 14
- 2013 14 Nov
Born a slave, he taught himself to read, and attended school after working all day. At age 25 he founded Tuskegee Institute and recruited George Washington Carver. By his death, on NOVEMBER 14, 1915, Tuskegee had over 1,500 students. His name was Booker T. Washington, and he was the first African American to have his image on both a U.S. postage stamp and coin, and was elected to the Hall of Fame. In his book, Up From Slavery, 1901, Booker T. Washington wrote: "While a great deal of stress is laid upon the industrial side of the work at Tuskegee, we do not neglect or overlook in any degree the religious and spiritual side. The school is strictly undenominational, but it is thoroughly Christian, and the spiritual training of the students is not neglected. Our preaching service, prayer-meetings, Sunday-school, Christian Endeavor Society, Young Men's Christian Association, and various missionary organizations, testify to this." Booker T. Washington continued: "While the institution is in no sense denominational, we have a department known as the Phelps Hall Bible Training School, in which a number of students are prepared for the ministry and other forms of Christian work."