James Lee Dickey: An Analysis of One African-American's Leadership in Jim Crow TexasMain MenuJames Lee Dickey: An Analysis of One African American's Leadership in Jim Crow TexasIntroductionSlave No MoreFreedman after Bondage 1865 - 1955African American LeadershipContenders for the TitleJames Lee DickeyThe Leadership of James Lee DickeyLocations in Dr. James Lee Dickey's StoryGoogle locations for Dr. Dickey's BiographyMaureen Grayab288c53aefb942d3e6102c32f4d6e3a10268d3b
Teaching in Malden
1media/colored classroom.jpeg2018-03-30T23:07:33-07:00Maureen Grayab288c53aefb942d3e6102c32f4d6e3a10268d3b197014image_header2018-06-01T22:21:42-07:00Maureen Grayab288c53aefb942d3e6102c32f4d6e3a10268d3bHis first teaching assignment was at home in Malden, West Virginia. Washington recalled this to be one of the happiest periods in his life where he could inspire his students to have a better quality of life. Academic education alone would not suffice. The first lesson his students had to learn was personal hygiene. While enslaved, bathtubs, soap, toothbrushes (actually, toothsticks) were inaccessible. Slaves had only one change of clothing and often no shoes. They had no undergarments and wore the same clothing for work and sleep. One can only imagine the grime and odor but many of them knew no better. Although poor whites were scarcely cleaner, Booker T. Washington knew that freedmen had to be above reproach. Once his students gained confidence in their own appearances, they would be more confident in their learning.
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