by Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
Does It Matter If Schools Are Racially Integrated?
- Michel Martin
This NPR interview, broadcast 60 years after Brown vs. Board of Education, discusses the necessity of integration in our modern society, and what remains to be done to improve the state of American education.Pair “Does It Matter if Schools Are Racially Integrated?” with “Booker T. Washington vs. W.E.B. Du Bois” and ask students to consider what Washington and Du Bois would have thought about the concept of and approach to integration. How do their points of view fit into this debate? How much do their ideas apply to our modern society?
A Child Of Slavery Who Taught A Generation
- Karen Grigsby Bates
This article from National Public Radio reports on the life and success of Anna Julia Haywood Cooper, an American author, educator, prominent scholar, and one of the first black women to earn a doctoral degree in United States history.Pair “A Child of Slavery Who Taught a Generation” with “Booker T. Washington vs. W.E.B. Du Bois” and ask students whether Cooper would have sided with Washington or Du Bois. How much do their ideas apply to our modern society?