More than previous presidents, in his first term Roosevelt encouraged African American leaders with his actions and not just his rhetoric. President Roosevelt publicly supported Booker T. Washington’s (pictured) plan for vocational education for African Americans and his Tuskegee Institute. Moreover, Roosevelt invited Washington to the White House for a well-publicized dinner in 1901. Roosevelt also gained credibility in the black community when he fought to confirm a black man, Dr. William D. Crum as the leader of the customhouse in Charleston in 1903.
Scanned from Puck, January 29, 1903