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Surname 1 Student’s Name Professor’s Name Course Date Philosophies of Booker Washington and William Du Bois The African-American community during the late 20th century was massively motivated by two significant leaders: W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington. While these two influential individuals worked hard to change the perceptions in situations for countless African- American population, the two sharply clashed concerning the best approach to adopt when it came to spearheading African-American economic and social development. Their clashing philosophies and perspectives are evident in most of the modern discussions on the best way to eliminate class systems and racial bias. They are particularly relevant in literature surrounding the creation of black leadership as well as the distribution of wealth and power within the society. Washington and Du Bois clashed on their different emancipation ideologies and this divided the community along two major lines. Conflict in Ideas Booker T. Washington was an educator and influential leader who endorsed a philosophy of independence, solidarity, and tolerance. He encouraged blacks to persevere discrimination for a short while and focus on improving their economic and social status through investment and hard work. Washington was a strong advocate of including industrial and farming skills within the education curriculum. When it came to virtue, Washington believed in the cultivation of the values of entrepreneurship, patience, and frugality. According to him, this was the best strategy to apply in winning the respect of Caucasians and transitioning the black race into being
Surname 2 perceived as first class citizens. This series of activities would eventually allow them to become integrated into different societies. As far as equality was concerned, Washington believed that once the black man had worked his way and achieved material wealth, equality would be achieved automatically. The white man would perceive him as an equal and capable human being.

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