“What does the “T” in Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) stand for? He was born Booker Taliaferro. He adopted the name “Washington” during his school years. His works include the autobiography Up from Slavery (1901).”
Excerpted from: Corey, Melinda, and George Ochoa. Literature: The New York Public Library Book of Answers. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993.