Contributions of African Americans to Social Work and Social Welfare
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The individual and movement I have chosen are Booker T. Washington and the “Moveable School”. The reason I chose Booker T. Washington, because I have always been intrigued with his work as a leader and developer. Washington led many African Americans during his time, by implementing strategies to help his people and informing his people of modification between equality and inequality. Washington has always been a self- motivating and profound man throughout his time. He has become legacy of his time and one of the great that implemented change. After Washington’s death, he is still remembered as a leader, author, philanthropist, politician, and supporter. Throughout this paper I will discuss the period of history and the historical context of Booker T. Washington and the “Movable School”, the accomplishments of this movement, the accomplishments as it contributes to the society, and obstacles this movement faced along the way, and the development of this movement.
The historical context of the “Movable School” was an outreach effort of the Tuskegee Institute aimed to bring modern agricultural tools and methods to rural areas and people in Alabama. George Washington Carver was the first to establish the Movable School, then later by Thomas Monroe Campbell. In 1906, the Movable School operated in Jesup Agricultural wagon and ending with the Booker T. Washington Agricultural School on wheels through 1944. Once he established the Tuskegee Institute, he began to make regular trip to rural areas in hope to educate the people there.
This movement was during the time of slavery, social justice against African Americans, and segregation between races. Between 1906 and 1944, there were a lot of problems African Americans faced such as; being discriminated against and not receiving the proper education as the “others” therefore caused angry...