Frequently Asked Questions
About The Booker T. Washington Society
Why Booker T. Washington?
Booker T. Washington is an ideal choice as the namesake of this organization.
Throughout his life, he demonstrated an ability to turn adversity into advantage.
Choosing to be better - not bitter - he dedicated himself to inspiring young men and women into living, learning, and leading with character and integrity.
How many schools are named after Booker T. Washington?
Today, at least forty five U. S. elementary, middle, high or charter schools (and an academy in Liberia!) proudly bear the name, Booker T. Washington.
Prior to the mid-1950's, several - maybe dozens more - were also named for Booker T., but they were either closed or merged with other schools.
Also, one public charter school in Washington, D.C. is named in honor of Booker T.'s spouse, Margaret M. Washington.
Is the Society registered as a 501c(3) non-profit public charity?
Yes. The Society received 501c(3) recognition upon being incorporated in Vermont in 2005. (See the VT Corporate Articles) and IRS determinations here and here.
In June 2017, the Society moved its offices and transferred its registration from VT to Indiana. (See Indiana's Certificate of Domestication).
About Booker T. Boosters (the BT group for enthusiastic adults of good will, parents, business persons, professionals, and post-high school/college/university students willing to help and support younger students in their community.)
What's the difference between the BTW Society and the Booker T. Boosters, Clubs and Chapters?
The BTW Society, as the 'umbrella' national organization, provides support and structure to a network of Booker T. Boosters, Clubs and Chapters. It supports Boosters and supplies Society materials, items and books for Clubs and Chapters.
Booker T. Boosters help to initiate and encourage the formation of Clubs and Chapters.
There are also opportunities for Boosters to mentor and provide Clubs and Chapters with expertise on a whole range of issues as well as helping support them financially.
Boosters make a real difference in the lives of the children in their community.
About Booker T. Clubs (for middle schoolers: 5th-8th grades)
Why is character 'education' necessary today?
There was a time when key community institutions of family, faith, and school worked together to develop men and women of good character.
Yet today, more youths find themselves in broken families, heavily influenced by peer pressures and a pop-culture that more often repudiates - rather than reinforces - constructive values and habits of good character.
Thus, to break the cycle of negativity, it takes a long term, ongoing approach that will continually motivate young Americans to live, learn and lead in positive ways.
What's the difference between Booker T. Clubs and character education?
A Booker T. Club is not your single, stand-alone school's 'character ed' class. It is an integrated after-school and youth group program for young people (age 10-18).
BT Clubs motivate young Americans in a fun, safe environment and equip them with practical habits and tools that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
Are Booker T. Clubs only for black kids?
Goodness, no! The Society champions inclusivity. Booker T. Clubs build character.
Can I purchase the BT Clubber's Navigator's Log Book separately?
The full "Booker T. Club Experience" entails more than simply reading the Clubber's Log Books. There's much more to building and instilling long-lasting positive character habits that reading from a book. The club atmosphere, building encouraging (not pressure) peer groups, positive coach affirmations, and rewards for real achievement are integral to the positive character development process. therefore, we recommend that the Log Books and other BTW Society materials be used together and in the club context.
I want to have a Booker T. Club in my community. What do I do?
Call us! We have all sorts of materials and will help in any way we can.
How successful is this program?
We are launching 'pilot' Booker T. Clubs in different states and venues (public/charter/middle schools/church/community youth orgs) to determine which venues/approaches works best.
How does a local Club or Chapter get funded?
After the initial start-up period, Clubs/Chapters are expected to be independent, self-sustaining units operating under charter from The Society. Local operations and club/chapter service projects are locally funded by members' dues, fundraisers and individual, civic and corporate support.
About Booker T. Society Chapters (for high schoolers: 9th-12th grades)
About Booker T. Washington (himself)
What does the "T." stand for?
The T. stands for Taliaferro, a name some say might indicate that his biological father came from a nearby farm owned by the Taliaferro family.
"Washington" was merely a name that young Booker uttered at the first school he attended. It was the first name of his stepfather, Washington Ferguson. He realized that most of the students answered to two names, and he had only one. When he was called upon, he simply added Washington and answered Booker Washington; thus, Washington became his last name." (credit: Timeless Treasures - Reflections of God's Word in the Wisdom of Booker T. Washington, by Gloria Y. Jackson and Sarah O'Neal Rush.)
Does the Society award scholarships?
The Society's Ambassador Scholarship Program was created in 2006 to award post-secondary technical and vocational education scholarships to motivated and qualified high school students. It included an April trip to Washington DC with a parent or mentor to celebrate BTW's birthday and his legacy with banquets, speeches, and panel discussions.
Note: The Society is not providing scholarships at this time.
However, as funds permit, we look forward to re-opening the program in the future.