Booker T. Washington: Atlanta Exposition Address

(1895)

Booker T. Washington delivered his Atlanta Exposition Address late on a hot mid-September afternoon in 1895 to a standing-room-only crowd packed into Atlanta's Exposition Park auditorium during the opening ceremonies of the Cotton States and International Exposition. The Atlanta Exposition Address, a speech that ran a little over ten minutes, propelled the previously unknown principal of Tuskegee Institute, a small black college in rural Alabama, into the national spotlight. By almost any measure, it (along with Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, 1963 “I Have a Dream” Speech) was one of...

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Booker T. Washington's Speech at the Atlanta Exposition (Library of Congress)

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