Which black leader argued that African Americans needed to accommodate themselves to segregation?

1 Answer

Booker T. Washington


Booker T. Washington (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Booker_T._Washington), educator, orator, and advisor to U.S. presidents. His views differed greatly to views upheld by other advocators of black rights (such as Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois, founder of the NAACP, who advocated for complete egalitarianism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._E._B._Du_Bois).

What Mr. Washington argued, was that Blacks should not be equal to Whites (a view that Whites favored at the time), but he did believe in improving their education, earning him the moniker "The Great Accommodator". He was the first Black person to be invited into the White House (By Theodore Roosevelt), a highly controversial issue at the time, in order to advise T.R. on race relations.