Summary of Year Long Commemoration Events 


Booker T. Washington Centennial Year Kick-Off Lecture 
The Commemoration will begin on the campus of Tuskegee University with an opening lecture hosted by President Brain L. Johnson. President Johnson will share his vision for commemorating the life and legacy of Booker T. Washington and an overview of the year’s activities. 

Black History Month Seminars
The history and evolution of Tuskegee University starting with Tuskegee Normal, as an institution of learning, targeting primary education for youth and adults will be discussed.

The second phase was developing an educational institution of higher learning, Tuskegee Institute, known worldwide as a place “founded in 1881 by Lewis Adams (former slave) and George Campbell (former slave owner) with Booker T. Washington serving as first principal” to uplift the Black population through industrial training and education to augment agricultural training in the rural South. In the 20th Century, Tuskegee Institute was elevated to Tuskegee University. The session will end with President Johnson’s vision for the university in 21st Century. 

Women’s History Month
The Women’s History Month will host a series of events highlighting the contributions of African American women with a specific focus on Booker T. Washington’s wives. The Roundtable speakers will analyze the role that women played in the development of Tuskegee and continuing Washington’s legacy. The Roundtable luncheon is free and open to the public.

March 21, 2015
John A. Kenney Hall Bioethics Auditorium, RM 71-243
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Negro Health Week to Minority Health Month: 1915-2015 
The month of April is Minority Health Month and Public Health Month. This session will focus on the health of Black people in 1915, when Booker T. Washington established Negro Health Week. A comparative analysis between the health of Black people in 1915 and 2015 will be conducted.

This session will be held at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta Georgia, April 17, 2015 and will be co-hosted by Morehouse School of Medicine, CDC and the Tuskegee Bioethics Center. 

Brick making demonstration
When Booker T. Washington was faced with the challenge of building a campus with no state funding, he had to rely on the work of students and faculty to construct hand made bricks. Today, Tuskegee University is renowned for its historic brick buildings. This month will feature a brick making demonstration highlighting the work and talent of current students in the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science.

Retracing Booker T. Washington’s Journey to Tuskegee in West Virginia
Selected administrators, faculty and staff,  will visit Hale’s Ford, VA, the birthplace of Booker T. Washington, and Hardy, VA, where the Booker T. Washington National Monument is located. Mrs. Lillie Head, a Tuskegee alumna, founding member of the Friends of Booker T. Washington and daughter of one the men who was victimized by the U.S. Public Health Syphilis Study at Tuskegee, will provide the leadership for the session. 

This session focuses on Booker T. Washington's many trips to New York soliciting financial support for Tuskegee Institute. His social philosophy will be explored to better understand how he convinced northern philanthropists to support his work in the small rural, mostly Black town of Tuskegee.

The Impact of Booker. T. Washington’s Philosophy on the Work of Marcus Garvey
Booker T. Washington’s global reach will be explored. The impact of his philosophy, reached in many parts of the world, was well known on the African continent, the Caribbean, throughout Europe and in the African Diaspora. After reading, Up From Slavery many Black people decide to attend Tuskegee Institute. Black activists, like Marcus Garvey, were guided by Washington’s work. Marcus Mosiah Garvey and his organization, the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), represent the largest mass movement in African-American history. Proclaiming a Black Nationalist "Back to Africa" message, Garvey and the UNIA established 700 branches in 38 states by the early 1920s.

August 27, 2015: Exhibition all day
Panel/Forum Time: 2:00-5:00 PM
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

Symposium on Booker T. Washington’s Cotton State Exposition Speech
Booker T. Washington’s famous speech during the Cotton State Exposition will be discussed. Dr. Rayford W. Logan, head of history at Howard University wrote, “Booker T. Washington’s speech in Atlanta, Georgia on September 18, 1895 was one of the most effective political oratories in the history of the United States." Pulitzer Prize winner David Levering Lewis wrote that Washington’s Speech was, “one of the most consequential pronouncements in American history.”

September 9, 2015
Morehouse School of Medicine

September 23-25, 2015 -- BTW Economic Development Summit
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center

Atlanta University/Tuskegee University Students’ Debate (W.E.B. Du Bois/
Booker T. Washington in Atlanta, GA
The W.E.B Du Bois/ Booker T. Washington debate will be held in the Atlanta University Center co-hosted by Clark-Atlanta University (then Atlanta University) and Tuskegee University. A panel of W.E.B. and BTW scholars will debate the various educational/philosophical approaches to the education of Black people.

October 13, 2015
Morehouse College

November 12, 2015 -- Youth Empowerment Summit
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center

Symposium: A Critical Reappraisal of Booker T. Washington 
The Tuskegee University NEH Humanities Initiatives grant project, “A Critical Reappraisal of Booker T. Washington,” will host a symposium to provide an opportunity for visiting scholars, grant participants, other members of the campus community, and members of the public to participate in rigorous analysis and discussion of Washington’s position in American and African American history. 

November 16-17, 2015  -   CLICK HERE for more information.
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
9:00 a.m. 

End of the Year Closing Celebration
Where do we go from here? The year’s commemorative activities will be summarized and discussions about “lessons learned” and strategic thinking concerning the future of HBCUs, in the context of the Booker T. Washington legacy.

December 6-8, 2015 -- Professional Agri. Workers Conference (PAWC)
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center