Booker T. Washington is born

April 5

On April 5, 1856, Booker T. Washington was born. 

Booker T. Washington was an influential leader and educator. Early in his life, Booker T. Washington gained higher education from Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, known today as Hampton University. Throughout his life, Washington worked to educate, uplift and empower black people. He founded several prestigious black institutions and organizations including Tuskegee University and the National Negro Business League.

Booker T. Washington died in 1915 at the age of 59.


A&E Television Networks. (n.d.). Booker T. Washington – biography, W.E.B. Dubois & Facts. Retrieved April 1, 2023, from

Tuskegee University. (n.d.). Retrieved April 1, 2023, from 

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