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I AM EVERYTHING BUT DISCOURAGED (BOOKER T. WASHINGTON PART EIGHT)
Booker T. Washington was an American educator, author, orator, and adviser to several presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Mr. Washington was the dominant leader of American educational innovation and reform. He is a great American by deed and an American Treasure by example.
In 1872, at the age of sixteen, Washington left his hometown of Malden to somehow make the 500-mile trip to Hampton, Virginia where he hoped to enroll at the Hampton Institute.
In his 1901 autobiography, Up From Slavery, Washington described the last part of his journey:
"By walking, begging rides both in wagons and in the cars, in some way, after a number of days, I reached the city of Richmond, Virginia, about eighty-two miles from Hampton. When I reached Richmond, I was completely out of money. Knowing nothing else better to do, I walked the streets. In doing this I passed by many food-stands where fried chicken and half-moon apple pies were piled high. But I could not get either of these, nor anything else to eat. I must have walked the streets till after midnight. At last I became so exhausted that I could walk no longer.
I was tired, I was hungry, I was everything but discouraged.
Just about the time when I reached extreme physical exhaustion, I came upon a portion of a street where the board sidewalk was considerably elevated. I waited for a few minutes, till I was sure that no passers-by could see me, and then crept under the sidewalk and lay for the night upon the ground, with my satchel of clothing for a pillow.The next morning I woke up somewhat refreshed."
Mr. Washington proceeded to find work unloading a ship. He did this for several days and continued to sleep under the sidewalk so he could save enough money to complete his journey to the Hampton Institute to continue his education.
"When I had saved what I considered enough money with which to reach Hampton, I thanked the captain of the vessel who employed me for his kindness and started again. I reached Hampton with a surplus of exactly fifty cents with which to begin my education."
He was tired, He was hungry, He was everything but discouraged.
Booker T. Washington would go on to change American History.
Are you discouraged?
Yours in Coaching,
When We Play The Fool
Last night I stood in a tawdry place
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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