Tuskegee’s Talented Tenth: Reconciling a Legacy

Pamela Newkirk

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    If, at the turn of the twentieth century, one wished to study the group that WEB Du Bois referred to as Black America’s “Talented Tenth,” Tuskegee Institute’s campus could have served as an ideal laboratory. Still, a century after Booker T. Washington’s death, scholars remain hard-pressed to reconcile the portrait of Tuskegee primarily as a producer of a submissive black laboring class with the school’s illustrious faculty and the progressive black movements, institutions and leaders in education, politics, architecture, medicine and other professions it spawned across the African Diaspora.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)328-345
    Number of pages18
    JournalJournal of Asian and African Studies
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Jun 1 2016


    • Booker T. Washington
    • Hampton–Tuskegee model
    • Talented Tenth
    • Tuskegee
    • WEB Du Bois

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Development


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