The improbable birth of the BTW Society
One night in 2005, Ronald Court was browsing the 'Net on his computer when he happened upon - by chance or Providence? - a web discussion regarding the exact date of BTW's birth. (Note: birth records of slaves were not kept in those days.)
Though no one knows for sure, historians have determined it to be April 5, 1856. Ron did a little mental math, and realized that the next April, in 2006, would be Booker T's 150th (a Sesquicentennial). Assuming that some celebration was planned somewhere, he Googled to find out where, but could find no mention anywhere.
Then, a few weeks later, he happened to drop by to visit a friend who taught at a nearby college (St. Michael's) and was invited to sit in on a speech being given down the hall. The visiting speaker, Mr. Reginald Jones, spoke about "Race, Capitalism and Entrepreneurship" in which he lauded the work of Booker T. Washington several times. Ron met Mr. Jones afterward and when informed that Booker T's 150th was coming up, agreed with Ron that Booker T.'s Sesquicentennial should not go unnoticed.
Thus was born the BTW Society: grounded in BTW's philosophy that all people can lead literate, considerate and productive lives if they choose to be of good character, get a good education and focus on good opportunities before them.
Through the inspiring example of Booker T. Washington's life and legacy - and of others - the Society empowers young Americans to live lives of good character.
It does this through local Booker T. Clubs for middle schoolers and BTWS student Chapters for high schoolers.
Consider having a Booker T. Club or Chapter in your area.
We will partner with you to help the 'next generation' in your community.