Making Education a Priority (04:23)
Booker T. Washington demanded excellence from his faculty and students at Tuskegee University. Graduates from the college included Lionel Richie and General Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr.
Tuskegee Airfield (02:41)
The United States Government decided to build an airfield next to the college. A group of African Americans became combat pilots. The men never lost an aircraft they escorted during combat.
George Washington Carver (02:59)
Carver agreed to become a professor at Tuskegee University, believing he could help his people in the South. In his laboratory, Carver discovered 150 items that could be made from sweet potatoes.
Tuskegee Institute (04:12)
Washington opened the Tuskegee Normal School for Colored People in 1881. Black people needed to have the kind of education that would provide a career and help them understand economics. Washington was a widower, having lost Fannie N. Smith and Olivia A. Davidson.
"The Oaks" (04:03)
Washington built a house adjacent to the University. In the dining room, the family taught etiquette and table manners. Washington believed education was the key to moving African Americans past the confines of slavery.
Freedom Trail (06:50)
Washington was a world figure. Of the historically black colleges, only Howard and Tuskegee were ranked in the top 100 in research. The first African American woman to obtain her Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology matriculated from Tuskegee University.
Credits; From the Library of Black History: Booker T. Washington Freedom Trail - The Spirit of Black Higher Education (01:28)
Credits; From the Library of Black History: Booker T. Washington Freedom Trail - The Spirit of Black Higher Education
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