Specific Purpose: After hearing my speech, my audience will be able to name 2 major achievements of Booker T. Washington.
Central Idea: Booker T. Washington not only founded Tuskegee Institute, but he is also considered one of America’s great orators.
Most of us dream of excelling in one career, but can you imagine excelling in over 6?! The person I’m going to be talking about today did just that. He was an orator, civil rights activist, professor, organization founder, educational administrator, author, and poet. Can anyone guess of whom I’m speaking?
Well, if you said Booker T. Washington, you’d be right.
You may be sitting there wondering what Booker T. Washington has to do with you and why I would choose to speak about him. The reason is this…without Booker T. Washington’s contribution to the civil rights movement; many of us wouldn’t be sitting in this classroom today.
Admittedly, I am not an expert on his life, but I did become interested in him last semester in my History 101 course so I decided to do further research on this fascinating man.
Since I couldn’t possibly tell you everything about his life in 5-7 minutes, I want to concentrate on 2 areas that affect you and me the most: his founding of Tuskegee Institute and his career as an orator.
(Transition: Let’s look first at the founding of Tuskegee
Booker T. Washington is best known for founding Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.