Washington Vs Dubois Essay

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Booker T. Washington, W.E.B du Bois and Marcus Garvey imagine the future position of black Americans in the American Nation differently. Booker Taliaferro Washington was one of the Afro-African leaders of the 19th and 20th century . His focus was on educating and training African Americans in ‘agricultural pursuits’. Washington, in his Atlanta Exposition address, believes that the two races, the Negroes and Whites, should come together and form a friendship that celebrates the dawn of their freedom. Washington argues that this will be an opportunity for ‘a new era of industrial progress’ . He uses the term ‘cast down your bucket’ to explain how the white population should “cast down” their superiority for the ‘eight million negroes’ that have made ‘magnificent representation of the progress of the South’. Washington envisages and argues that if this…show more content…
Du Bois was one of the most important African-American activists during the first half of the 20th century. He co-founded the NAACP and supported Pan-Africanism’ . When presenting the Niagara Movement Speech in 1905, W.E.B. Du Bois starts off by saying that the work of the Negroes have ‘flourished in the land’ . Unlike Washington, Du Bois does not speak about unity with the white Americans but rather rights for the Negroes. Du Bois often clashed with Washington and Garvey about black advancement . Du Bois argues that the Negroes have five chief demands: the right to vote, discrimination to cease especially in public accommodation, the right to associate themselves with any race, the enforcement of the Constitution and the Negroes’ children to be educated and the standard of education to be improved. What Du Bois envisages for America is that if they do not claim the ‘right that belongs to the freeborn American, political, civil and social’ then there will be protests around America. Du Bois states that the Negroes do not believe in violence. However, they will fight and die for their freedom as John Brown

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