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There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.  - Booker T. Washington
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Democracy and Education, speech, Institute of Arts and Sciences, Brooklyn NY (1896-09-30)
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Chapter XI: Making Their Beds Before They Could Lie On Them - Up From Slavery (1901)

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Born: April 5, 1856

Died: November 14, 1915 (aged 59)

Nationality: American

Occupation: Educator, author

Bio: Booker Taliaferro Washington was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to Republican presidents. He was the dominant leader in the African-American community in the United States from 1890 to 1915.

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