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The Talented Tenth is a phrase made popular by Du Bois in an article published in //The Negro Problem// in 1903. In the essay, Du Bois issues an argument for the higher education of African Americans.  He claims “to attempt to establish any sort of a system of common and industrial school training, without first providing for the higher training of the very best teachers, is simply throwing your money at the winds.”  He strongly believed that African Americans needed a classical education to be able to reach their potential and become leaders of the race; he contends that industrial training is effective in teaching technical skills, but does not create Men.  “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” (33).  Educating the best minds of the race disseminates into the rest, allowing the general uplift of all.  The Talented Tenth is a phrase made popular by Du Bois in an article published in //The Negro Problem// in 1903. In the essay, Du Bois issues an argument for the higher education of African Americans.  He claims “to attempt to establish any sort of a system of common and industrial school training, without first providing for the higher training of the very best teachers, is simply throwing your money at the winds.”  He strongly believed that African Americans needed a classical education to be able to reach their potential and become leaders of the race; he contends that industrial training is effective in teaching technical skills, but does not create Men.  “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” (33).  Educating the best minds of the race disseminates into the rest, allowing the general uplift of all. 
 
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