Editorial: Dr. Booker T. Washington

Leaders often give us words of wisdom that if heeded, should uplift us all.

The leader who founded what is now Tuskegee University – Dr. Booker T. Washington – has been attributed with much common sense advice that is as pertinent now as it was more than 100 years ago when he was advising Presidents:

"What we should do in our schools is to turn out fewer job seekers and more job-makers."

"The world cares very little about what a man knows; it is what a man is able to do that counts."

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."

"We should not permit our grievances to overshadow our opportunities."

"Success is not measured by the position one has reached in life, rather by the obstacles overcome while trying to succeed."

And "Those who have accomplished the greatest results are those…who never grow excited or lose self-control, but are always calm, self possessed, patient and polite."

We encourage our upcoming leaders in school now, and in groups like Emerge Montgomery and the Junior League, and those already in leadership roles in our community, to learn from and lead like Mr. Washington.