Just 'surfing' by, and felt compelled to say it again.
'The Education of Booker T. Washington' by Michael Rudolph West is a MUST READ for thinking African Americans, AND every person majoring in Sociology, or Politial Science, or American History.
This book will be many, if not most, of the reading requirements for courses in these subjects within three years.
It should be required reading in every African American Studies curriculum NOW!!
No hyperbole here.