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Booker T Washington is one of the leading black leaders in US history.  He was an educator, author and adviser to several presidents. From Wikipedia:

Booker Taliaferro Washington¬†(April 18, 1856 ‚Äď November 14, 1915) was an American educator, author, orator, and adviser to multiple presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the¬†African American¬†community and of the contemporary¬†black elite.[1]¬†Washington was from the last generation of black American leaders born into slavery and became the leading voice of the former slaves and their descendants. They were newly oppressed in the South by¬†disenfranchisement¬†and the¬†Jim Crow¬†discriminatory laws enacted in the post-Reconstruction¬†Southern states in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

I found this quote interesting and wonder if it’s true today.

“There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public.¬† Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs, partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays.¬† Some of these people do not want the negro to lose its grievances, because they do not wan to lose their jobs.”