Booker T. Washington was an ex-slave, the emancipation took place when he was just 6-7 years old. He had skill and determination that allowed him to bring education to many of his race. In his later years, he worked in gaining social acceptance for blacks.
Was Washington’s program for gaining social acceptance for blacks an elitist program? I think the answer to this question is no and I will explain why. An elitist is a person who believes that a system or society should be ruled or dominated by an elite. Washington did not want social dominance, but social acceptance. In the time of Booker T. Washington, blacks were turned away from all sorts of places and opportunities simply because they were black. He believed that if a man was productive he would be more likely to be accepted by society regardless of his race.