Other People's Schools
While Mr. Washington has of late thrown in a parenthetical expression about higher education, his main influence has been on the other side and has at times poked fun at the college-bred Negro. How far a word from Mr. Washington goes!
J. MAX BARBER, 1906
This matter of defending and explaining these so-called higher institutions makes me tired. The sooner these institutions can learn that they are simply making a contribution to the general education of the people, the better it is going to be for all concerned.
THERE were major differences of social philosophy and racial strategy that polarized Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois and the Bookerites and Niagarites who followed them. Higher education versus industrial education, however, was not one of those polarizing differences. Just as Du Bois recognized the need for industrial training and a class of black artisans, Washington acknowledged the appropriateness of higher education. Sharing honors with the president of Harvard at a black banquet in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1904, Washington stated a truism about black education: "We need not only the industrial school, but the college and professional school as well, for a people so largely segregated, as we are, from the main