Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company. Dignify and glorify common labor. It is at the bottom of life that we must begin, not at the top.
Booker T. Washington spoke before a predominantly white audience at the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta. In it he attacks the efforts of Reconstruction by stating that blacks began their new lives at the top instead of at the bottom by taking seats in Congress or in State legislatures instead of learning industrial skills or seeking real estate.
Washington on September 18, The speech laid the foundation for the Atlanta compromisean agreement between African-American leaders and Southern white leaders in which Southern blacks would work meekly and submit to white political rule, while Southern whites guaranteed that blacks would receive basic education and due process of law. The speech,  presented before a predominantly white audience at the Cotton States and International Exposition the site of today's Piedmont Park in AtlantaGeorgiahas been recognized as one of the most important and influential speeches in American history.
The Negro race, like all races, is going to be saved by its exceptional men. The problem of education, then, among Negroes must first of all deal with the Talented Tenth; it is the problem of developing the Best of this race that they may guide the Mass away from the contamination and death of the Worst, in their own and other races. Now the training of men is a difficult and intricate task.
The problem of education, then, among Negroes must first of all deal with the Talented Tenth; it is the problem of developing the Best of this race that they may guide the Mass away from the contamination and death of the Worst, in their own and other races. Well, if you guessed that W. An ordinary education may answer for the nine men of mediocrity; but if this is all we offer the talented tenth man, we make a prodigious mistake.
There were just eight ingredients: two proteins, three buffering agents, two types of fat molecule and some chemical energy. But that was enough to create a flotilla of bouncing, pulsating blobs — rudimentary cell-like structures with some of the machinery necessary to divide on their own. To biophysicist Petra Schwille, the dancing creations in her lab represent an important step towards building a synthetic cell from the bottom up, something she has been working towards for the past ten years, most recently at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany.
One of the first African American speeches ever recorded in sound was one of great significance: Booker T. The fact that a black man was invited to speak to this all-white Southern audience was itself a historic event. Washington's words sparked a fundamental debate over race relations that burned for decades to follow: should black people concentrate on a gradual accumulation of skills and economic security or demand the full and immediate rights simply due them as American citizens?
Like most people, I relish the feel-good stories of successful people who overcame setbacks to make it to the top. But what about when you have a complete career breakdown? I mean a time when you hit rock bottom and seriously begin to question whether you should even continue in your chosen field?
Dignify and glorify common labor. It is at the bottom of life that we must begin, not at the top. Booker T.
Practice is often described as the willingness to simply be with our life as it is. But this is a difficult concept to get: that practice is not about having a particular state of mind, such as calmness. Nor is it about being completely free of anxiety. This is not to deny that we will, in fact, experience more equanimity, and that our fears will substantially diminish.