People believed in Booker—and he remembered that as he huddled beneath the sidewalk on that chilly October night in Richmond. He woke up hungry but determined. He found a job helping unload a ship, and he quickly earned enough money for the final portion of his journey to Hampton Institute.
At Hampton, Booker became a star student and paid his school fees by working as the school’s janitor. After Hampton, he returned to Malden to teach. Later, he went to college.
In 1881, Booker started the Tuskegee Institute, which became a celebrated college for black students. But Booker didn’t stop there.
Over the next three decades, he became a famous writer and speaker. He used his celebrity to raise money for thousands of schools for black students throughout the South.
As Booker wrote, “If you want to lift yourself up, lift someone else up.”
No wonder Booker T. Washington rose so high.