What was Booker T Washington philosophy of vocational education?

Booker T. Washington was a strong supporter of vocational education for black people (in those days called "Negroes"). At a time when many white people believed Negroes were naturally inferior and should not be educated, Washington became a spokesman for the idea that education would benefit black people and help to lift them out of poverty. That is why he founded a vocational school called the Tuskegee Institute.