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!

Share

More Book Minute Features

October 14, 2019

Eisenhower's Inaugural Verses

President Dwight Eisenhower was born on this day in 1890. Shortly before his first inauguration in 1953, the president-elect asked Billy Graham to sug...
October 07, 2019

Fanny Crosby: Prolific Blind Hymn Writer

Fanny Crosby, though blind from a very young age, became a prolific hymn writer. Fanny Crosby was 15 when she was enrolled at the newly founded New Y...
September 30, 2019

Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address

The Battle of Gettysburg in July, 1863, was an attack by Confederate troops on the North — on their own soil! General Lee’s plan was to win, thereby d...