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Frequently Asked Questions

About The Society

Why is the Society named for Booker T. Washington?

Booker T. Washington’s inspiring life, legacy, and example of turning adversity into advantage, is an ideal role model for today’s young men and women, regardless of “complexion”.

How many schools are named after Booker T. Washington?

At last count, around forty five U. S. elementary, middle, high or charter schools (and an academy in Liberia!) proudly bear the name, Booker T. Washington. Before the mid-1950’s, dozens more may have been named for Booker T., but 'integration' caused them to be closed or merged with other schools.

Is the Society a 501c(3) non-profit public charity?

Yes. Ever since its incorporation in Vermont in 2005. (See the VT Corporate Articles) and IRS determinations here and here.

About Booker T. Washington Society Local Affiliates

What’s the difference between the Society and local Affiliates, Clubs and Chapters?

The Society is an “umbrella” national organization providing structure and support to its independent Affiliates, Clubs and Chapters. The Society provides proprietary materials, items and books for their exclusive use.

BTW Society Affiliates help form and support local Clubs and Chapters, mentor club members, and provide expertise on a range of issues.

About Booker T. Clubs

Is character “education” really necessary today?

There was a time when core community institutions like family, faith, and school worked together to develop men and women of good character. Today, however, more youths are being raised in fatherless homes and are heavily influenced by negative peer pressures and a toxic pop-culture that often repudiates—rather than reinforces—constructive, productive virtues and values.

Breaking this cycle of negativity requires a long term approach providing consistent motivation for young Americans to live, learn and lead in positive ways.

What’s the difference between a Booker T. Club and “character education”?

A Booker T. Club is not simply a school’s or school assembly’s “character ed” class.

It is, rather, a comprehensive in or after-school program for young people (age 10-18), providing a safe, supportive and motivating environment for youths that equips 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 BT Clubber’s Navigator LogBooks separately?

No. There’s much more to the “Booker T. Club Experience” than simply reading Logbooks and completing exercises. Building and instilling positive character habits requires an affirming environment with plenty of encouragement from coaches and peers for real, long-lasting achievement to “stick”. All this—and more—is integral to the positive character development process. It’s why we require BTW Society materials be utilized within a Booker T. Club context.

I want to have a Booker T. Club in my community. What do I do?

Call! We have tons of materials and guides to help every step of the way.

How does a local Club or Chapter get funded?

After an initial start-up period of support, Clubs/Chapters are expected to be independent, self-sustaining units operating under charter from The Society. Support for local clubs and chapters generally come from dues, fundraisers and individual, civic and corporate support.

About Booker T. Washington himself

What does the "T." stand for?

It stands for 'Taliaferro', the name of the owners of a nearby farm, where (just before she died), Booker T.’s mother told him she believed his (white) father came from.

  • Note: When Washington was born, he had but one name: "Booker."
  • When freedom came, he started to attend school and, seeing that other students had two names, he adopted his stepfather’s first name, Washington Ferguson, as his last.

Credit: Timeless Treasures—Reflections of God’s Word in the Wisdom of Booker T. Washington, by Gloria Y. Jackson and Sarah O’Neal Rush.