HOMESTEAD, Pennsylvania — Fox News host Brian Kilmeade wants you to read ‘Teddy and Booker T.: How Two American Icons Blazed a Path for Racial Equality,’ not because he wrote it, nor because they are men without flaws, but because of their roles in advancing civil rights for black people in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
And also because of the lessons we can learn from the partnership between the two men.
Kilmeade said his journey to write about the two men together in a way seldom explored began when he read Booker T. Washington’s autobiography, ‘Up From Slavery.’
“I knew I wanted to write a book about Washington, but no one was ever going to do a better Booker T. Washington biography than Booker T. Washington and everybody else that knew him,” he said.
“I wanted to discuss the issue of race through his experiences in a way that did not whitewash it, so I decided to do it through the eyes of these two great Americans. And that’s what led me to it,” he said.
Kilmeade’s book on the two icons is a fast-paced read that tells Washington and Roosevelt’s stories in parallel, moving back and forth between the men, their lives, their struggles,…
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