April 5 Birthday: With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School

Booker T. Washington, African American, author, educator, advisor
b. April 5, 1856
d. Nov. 14, 1915

WITH BOOKS AND BRICKS: HOW BOOKER T. WASHINGTON BUILT A SCHOOL
(Albert Whitman, 2014)

by Suzanne Slade
illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

Summary: After the Civil War ended Booker T. Washington fulfilled his dream of attending school, then set out to teach. Finding many eager students in Tuskegee, Alabama but no school, Booker decided to build his own school. So he rolled up his sleeves and dug clay, molded thousands of bricks, and constructed his own kiln to fire them. But brick making was more difficult than he’d imagined. Yet, Booker continued the back-breaking work, built a fine school, and welcomed all who shared his passion for learning.

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