Booker T. Washington
@ New Georgia Encyclopedia
DescriptionPhotograph of Booker T. Washington. In this head-and-shoulders view, he wears a suit and faces forward.African American educator and leader Booker T. Washington delivered what is widely regarded as one of the most significant speeches in American history, the "Atlanta Compromise" speech, in 1895. It is considered the definitive statement of what Washington termed the "accommodationist" strategy of black response to southern racial tensions.