On this installment of hiSTORY, Glenn examines the remarkable life of former slave-turned-civil rights leader, Booker T. Washington. Best known as the founder of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, he was the national leader of black Americans during a brutal era in their struggle for equality. Sadly, some black critics called him an “Uncle Tom” who compromised with whites and delayed freedom for black people.
Watch the video below for a sneak peak and answers to these heart-wrenching questions:
• What was a crystalizing moment in Washington’s life?
• Why didn’t his family eat dinner together when he was young?
• What was the monetary value of Washington’s life as a slave?