Tag Archives: race

Atlanta Compromise

Quotable: Booker T. Washington

In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress. -Booker T. Washington, Cotton States International Exhibition, Atlanta, September 18, 1895 Few speeches of any merit can easily be distilled down into just one line and, indeed, it […]

Booker T. Washington

1901: Up from Slavery

The leader, educator, founder of Tuskegee University and prodigious fundraiser Booker T. Washington was the most renowned black man in the United States between 1895 and his early death in 1915. A bestseller in its time, his autobiography Up from Slavery, first published in serial form in The Outlook and then as a book in […]


The Pleasures (and pain) of Imperialism

Rudyard Kipling was undoubtedly an imperialist and a proud one at that. But was he racist? The debate rages on, in part because racism turns out to be a lot like obscenity – at its margins, it defies definition yet it must be grappled with whenever perceived. Has Kipling’s reputation been weighed down by anachronistic […]


The Mountaintop

I just read the script and I can’t wait to see this play in November. Read up on playwright Katori Hall in The New Yorker (abstract) and The New York Times. Reading the play (and, I imagine, seeing it) makes this clip from Martin Luther King Jr.’s last speech all the more moving.