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For statement of the work of Atlanta University see last page. BOOKER T. WASHINGTON ON THE NEGRO COLLEGE We are glad to quote the following-paragraph from a recent address by Dr. Washington before an immense congregation in the Old South Church in Boston: There are signs at present of one danger which threatens the success of industrial training. A class of people are proclaiming that they favor industrial training for the Negro to the exclusion of all other forms of education. If the idea becomes fixed in the minds of the people that industrial education means class education; that it should be offered the Negro because he is a Negro, and that the Negro should be confined to this sort of education, then I fear serious injury will be done the cause of hand training. No one understanding the real needs of the race would advocate that industrial education should be given to every Negro, to the exclusion of the professions and other branches of learning. It is evident that a race so largely segregated as the Negro is must have an increasing number of its own professional men and women. There is, then, a place and an increasing need for the Negro college as well as for the industrial institute, and the two classes of schools should, and as a matter of fact do, cooperate in the common purpose of elevating the masses. So many people have become imbued with the erroneous idea to which Dr. Washington refers, and have even become accustomed to quoting him as favoring it himself—largely, no doubt, through a mistaken understanding of his zeal in advocating industrial training—that an explicit utterance like the above is all the more welcome. It is passing strange that so many otherwise intelligent people fail to grasp the relationship which the college and the higher education hold to the industrial school. It was the college-trained Armstrong who founded Hampton and gave it its ideals, and it has been the noble company of his co-workers and their successors, drawn largely from the best colleges and normal schools of the country, that have made Hampton what it is to-day. It was Booker Washington who founded Tuskegee—do not say too hastily that he did it because he was a product of the shops and the farm of Hampton, but say rather, because he en- joyed the personal inspiration of Hampton's men and women teachers who gave him a vision of what he might do for his race. And, as the founder of Hampton sought for his best teachers and workers from among the graduates of the colleges and normal schools of the North, so has the founder of Tuskegee sought for his among the graduates of similar higher institutions of learning for the Negroes in the South. Dr. Washington has previously borne testimony to his indebtedness to Atlanta University and other collegiate institutions for some of his very best teachers and workers, and, as he plainly intimates in his recent address, a failure to support the Negro college in the South would constitute a serious peril to the success of industrial education itself. MRS. EDNAH D. CHENEY In the death of this noble woman Atlanta University loses one of its most staunch and loyal friends. With voice and pen and purse she has for many years advocated and sustained its work. Repeated visits to the institution, both in the earlier and more recent years of its history, made her familiar with what it was doing and furnished the ground of her sympathetic support. She believed heartily in opening wide the door of educational opportunity for the Negro, giving him a chance for the highest and most varied training he might show himself capable of receiving. She sympathized with the ideals and methods that have especially characterized our work, and took an interest in the details of its administration. When she addressed our students, her words of wisdom, the sweet tones of her voice, and her benignant face were a veritable benediction. The writer of these lines has found in her a most cordial helper in his efforts to interest the people of the North in the work of the University and to secure the funds needed for its support. Several times she has addressed public meeting's in our behalf, even when the infirmities of age were creeping upon her, and in many pleasant interviews with her in her own home she has made numerous helpful suggestions with regard to extending and strengthening the interest of the people in our work. Every six months there came with ¦ great regularity a generous contribution from her own purse for our current expenses, to which there was not infrequently added an ''extra" for some special object. Mrs. Cheney's interest in the education of the Negro was only one manifestation of her broad humanitarian and philanthropic spirit. She was also intensely interested in various movements related to the welfare of women ; was a warm advocate of woman suffrage, an active promoter of women's clubs and their various federations, and was one of the founders and a life-long officer of the New England Hospital for Women and Children, in Boston. For nearly half a century Mrs. Cheney had been a widow, her artist husband having died only a few years after her marriage, and her only child, a beautiful daughter, was taken from her some twenty years ago. With greater freedom from family cares than many women have, she found a larger opportunity for ministering to the outside world, which she never failed to improve. And yet, with the multiplicity of interests that drew her abroad, her modest, cozy home in Jamaica Plain was always a radiant centre of home life—a place of plain living and high thinking where the pictures on the walls and the books on the tables seemed to welcome with equal hospitality either the most cultured or the most lowly guest who might enter. On the day of her funeral the place was thronged to the doors by her personal friends and representatives of the various organizations with which she had been connected. The world is richer because she has lived in it, and it can be richer still now that she has gone from it, if all of us who have shared the inspiration of her life will only take up and carry on with fresh devotion the various forms of service to which she gave herself so unselfishly. H. B. '80—Thomas M. Dent is now in the department of Commerce and Labor, in the Census Bureau, at Washington.— Mrs. Fannie J. (Wilson) Jackson is in charge of the Practice School in Lincoln Institute, Jefferson City, Mo. NUMBER 150 ATLANTA, GEORGIA DECEMBER, 1904
|Title||The bulletin of Atlanta University, 1904 no. 150|
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|Description||The bulletin of Atlanta University was a publication sent to faculty, friend and alumni of the institution; Telling of the institution's progress and present needs. This issue is December 1904, no. 150.|
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