I have never had much patience with the multitudes of people who are always ready to explain why one cannot succeed. I have always had high regard for the man who could tell me how to succeed.
Booker T. Washington

BTWEN's Founder

The great-granddaughter of Booker T. Washington (former slave, turned famous educator and founder of Tuskegee University), Sarah O’Neal Rush,
aka Sarah Washington O’Neal Rush, is the founder and Executive Director of BTWEN, a nonprofit organization developed to carry on the legacy of
her great-grandfather.

Ms. Rush founded BTWEN to connect character education, leadership training, and lessons from history, in order to get disadvantaged youth and
families excited about who they are, their education, their community, and their future.

Through speeches, discussions, book readings, workshops, life coaching, case management, and mentoring, BTWEN. espouses the teachings of
Booker T. Washington on personal responsibility, excellence, education, leadership, and character building.


There are hundreds of organizations, schools, and even a few neighborhoods around the country that are named after Booker T. Washington, but less than a handful in
California. BTWEN plans to seek funding to develop the first Booker T. Washington Dream Center, where they will house workshops, case management, outreach,
coaching and mentoring services, as well as a “Drop-In” clinic for youth at risk of dropping out, or who need help with passing high school exit exams, or writing
college essays. They are looking to open the Dream Center within the next few years, hopefully in Oakland—not only because there is a vast amount of need there, but because Ms. Rush was considered an “at-risk” youth who grew up Oakland, and attended and graduated from Oakland Public Schools.