Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois

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Where to begin? With the vocational education that provides the skills necessary to gain economic security or with a Liberal Arts education? As part of a study of leaders of the civil rights movement, class members compare and contrast the views of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Rather than having all class group prepare presentations on Washington's "Atlanta Compromise" speech, provide each group with a different topic asking some to develop presentations on the background topics while one group develops the presentation on Washington and another presents DuBois's response to Washington's ideas
  • Expand the scope of the debate by asking class members to consider whether or not schools should offer vocational classes where students can learn about various trades
Classroom Considerations

  • The activity presumes class members have access to PowerPoint, Photo Story, or similar software

  • The resource includes links to all required materials, step-by-step directions for the activity, a rubric, and a graphic organizer

Additional background information will be required for some class members to understand Washington's stance