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January 25, 1910

Booker T. Washington, Principal of Tuskegee Institute, spoke about the origins and aims of the institute. “Mr. Washington,” reported The Vassar Miscellany, “announced his purpose in addressing the college as an appeal for his race and for Tuskegee, but primarily as an attempt to eliminate race hatred… The two great problems of the educated negro are to lift himself and his people and to keep peace between the two races. The first is being solved by the negro himself. The basis of the solution of the second lies in the individual relations of the negroes and the whites. This, too, is being worked out, for the negro is the most adaptable of races. The solution of his problem is a long and difficult one, but its cornerstone he has found in service.”

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