booker t washington

anonymous asked:

i just started listening to Ragtime and i love Mother so much and I love how you drew her. I'm desperate to read the book but i have no time during the year to read... anyway, thank you so much for taking the time to do this, especially because school is really stressful and time consuming, so youre incredible for finding the time to draw every night, and draw beautifully. Im curious; do you know why Mother is called Mother and doesnt have a name? I feel like its meaningful i just dont know why.

I think there are two possible reasons:

1. Mother and the rest of the family in New Rochelle are only referred to as such (Mother, Father, Younger Brother, etc.). I think this might be because they are the placeholder for the typical WASP-y Upper Class family of the time. They are mostly reactionary characters who are thrust into situations when they encounter other characters like Coalhouse, Sarah, and Tateh, or historical figures like Booker T. Washington and Evelyn Nesbitt.

2. Although almost all of the characters serve as narrators at one point, the story begins with Edgar, so I think most of the characters are called what they are because of their relationship to him–Father, Mother, Grandfather, etc. He’s the only one in that immediate family who is referred to by name, and it would make sense that he would call the other characters by their name: The Little Girl is how he sees her when he first meets her, and he has no familial relationship to Coalhouse or Sarah, so it makes sense that he would just call them by their names. Those are just my thoughts though, there might be an entirely different reason!

Florida High School Teen Chad Thomas Offered 150 College Scholarships

Florida High School Teen Chad Thomas Offered 150 College Scholarships

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It’s good to have options.  And if you’re Chad Thomas, a senior at Booker T. Washington Senior High in Miami, you have a ton of options.  Thomas, 18, has received 150 scholarship offers for his football skills and his abilities as a nine-instrument musician, 10 News Tampa Bay reports.

Thomas, who helped the Booker T. Tornadoes win back-to-back state championships and…

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Meet sculptor Selma Burke: born at the turn of the century in Mooresville, North Carolina, trained as a nurse at her mother’s request, she eventually followed her dream of becoming an artist, studying in Vienna, Paris, and New York, and later paid it forward by teaching other artists and founding two schools of art in her name.

Selma Burke with her portrait bust of Booker T. Washington, 193- / Pinchos Horn, photographer. Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

You may fill your heads with knowledge or skillfully train your hands, but unless it is based upon high, upright character, upon a true heart, it will amount to nothing. You will be no better than the most ignorant.
—  Booker T. Washington
The Negro boy has obstacles, discouragements, and temptations to battle with that are little known to those not situated as he is. When a white boy undertakes a task, it is taken for granted that he will succeed. On the other hand , people are usually surprised if the Negro boy does not fail. In a word, the Negro youth starts out with the presumption against him.
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Booker T. Washington

It’s crazy how he wrote these words over a 100 years ago and they are still true today.  Smh.

In 1855 Frederick Douglass had a series of dialogues with white slave-owners who could not, or would not, comprehend that slavery was morally wrong and it was during these communications that he wrote, “it is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men“. 

“Education makes a man unfit to be a slave.” My great ancestor understood that knowledge was power and it would one day be his key to freedom. - Kenneth Morris, Douglass’s third great grandson.

Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. is Founder & President of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives. Mr. Morris descends from two of the most important names in American history: he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington.

Read his Blog here: http://www.demandingjustice.org/2014/09/22/ending-demand-starts-with-building-strong-children/