Episode 15

Black Man's Burden, Chapter 8

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A reading of William Holtzclaw's autobiography, Black Man's Burden. Chapter 7. William Holtzclaw was the founder of the Utica Normal and Industrial Institute, a "Little Tuskegee" in rural Utica, Mississippi. His book, the first published by an African American in Mississippi, recounts his journey in establishing the school.

In Chapter 8 of "The Black Man’s Burden," William H. Holtzclaw reflects on the early struggles of the Utica Normal and Industrial Institute, highlighting the pivotal role played by Rev. R. C. Bedford, the President of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Bedford's unwavering support and frequent visits provided essential guidance, sustaining the institution during challenging times. Holtzclaw also recounts his journey to Boston, where he encountered Mrs. Mary Clement Leavitt, a dedicated supporter. Despite financial difficulties, her connections and advocacy resulted in crucial contributions, including a significant donation from Mr. F. B. Ginn. The chapter underscores the importance of steadfast allies in fostering the development of the school.

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