During my years at Morehouse College, I was given an assignment by then Director of the Business Department Dr. William Sheftal to find economic solutions for the African -American community.
My research led me to The Tuskegee Model in Tuskegee Alabama, founded by Booker T. Washington. If you are not familiar with Booker T. Washington, I highly recommend reading his autobiography “Up From Slavery.” In short, he was born in slavery, later educated and founded Tuskegee in 1881.
During my research, I concluded “The Tuskegee Model” – A team similar to Booker T. Washington, Dr. George W. Carver and Thomas Campbell today, with those similar roles could improve our economy today.
In so many ways, aspects of ‘The Tuskegee Model” are being implemented across the country. Most universities and many high schools have some sort of farm to school, 4-h whatever you want to call them…happening all over the world, America. Schools where youth are growing things, selling things, attending conferences, learning pathways in various industries, etc. However, rarely are these programs happening in disenfranchised neighborhoods.