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Booker T. Washington

Tuskegee University announced that they will honor their founder Booker T. Washington with a yearlong celebration which began in mid-November 2014 and will run through Nov. 14, 2015, the 100th anniversary of his death.

The yearlong celebration will consist of lectures, community outreach activities and symposia to showcase Washington’s visionary leadership. The goal of the year will be to remember Washington’s service and progress through education.

“As we prepare for this centennial year marking his passing, let us be ever mindful that the Tradition he installed is the Trajectory this institution shall ever follow,” Tuskegee University President Brian L. Johnson said in a statement. “This institution will always honor Booker T. Washington.”

Washington is a remembered as a skilled organizer and fundraiser that advocated for African-American business. He is credited with the development of other educational institutions in the south and, under Washington’s leadership, what was then called Tuskegee Institute rose to national prominence.

He served as principal of the institution from July, 4, 1881 until his passing in November, 1915. When Washington passed away, the institution boasted 1,500 students, a $2 million dollar endowment, 40 trades—known today as majors—and 100 buildings.

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The institution still holds a prestigious reputation and was ranked fifth among the “Best Regional Colleges in the South” in 2013, according to U.S News World and Report. Forbes ranks Tuskegee as one of the 600 best colleges and universities in the country.

For more information on the upcoming yearlong celebration, follow the hashtag #HonorBTW on Twitter.

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