Booker T. Washington: A Teacher of Teachers

Alabama’s Tuskegee University, a historically black college, has become one of the nation’s outstanding institutions, enrolling over 3,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.

Founded as Tuskegee Institute in 1881 to train teachers, its first leader was Booker T. Washington, one of the most influential intellectuals of the late 19th Century, an advisor to two presidents, Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.

Convinced of the need for a separate Bible school to educate students from a spectrum of religious denominations, including both men and women, Booker T. Washington established a program in 1893 to train teachers for rural churches in the African American communities of the south.

He said: “What we desire and aim is to give men and women a thorough knowledge of the English Bible.”

Engage with the Bible—this Book of all books!

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