Considering BTW’s Atlanta Address

By Ronald Court

Some time ago, I sent an e-mail to Gale-Thompson Inc., bibliography publishers, to object to their reference of BTW’s 1895 speech at the Atlanta Exposition as the Atlanta “compromise.” The company recently acknowledged that it will no longer use that pejorative term, which was, after all, coined years later by WEB DuBois in disparaging Booker T’s advocacy of a non-confrontational approach to solving “the race problem.”

Booker T. spoke of much more in that famous speech. Read it for yourself, along with an excellent interpretation of it by Gloria Y. Jackson, Booker T. Washington’s own great grand-daughter here.

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