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You do it differently, like Booker T. Washington. Shortly after he took over the presidency of Tuskegee Institute here in Alabama, he was walking in an exclusive section of town when a wealthy white woman stopped him. Not knowing the famous Mr. Washington by sight, she asked if he would like to earn a few dollars by chopping wood for her. Because he had no pressing business at the moment, Professor Washington smiled, rolled up his sleeves, and proceeded to do the humble chore she had requested. When he was finished, he carried the logs into the house and stacked them by the fireplace.


A little girl recognized him and later revealed his identity to the lady.


The next morning the embarrassed woman went to see Me Washington in his office at the Institute and apologized profusely.


"It’s perfectly all right, Madam," he replied. "Occasionally I enjoy a little manual labor Besides, it’s always a delight to do something for a friend." She shook his hand warmly and assured him that his meek and gracious attitude had endeared him and his work to her heart. Not long afterward she showed her admiration by persuading some wealthy acquaintances to join her in donating thousands of dollars to the Tuskegee Institute.

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