BOOKER T. WASHINGTON
"This is to certify that James Smith is a member of the Plucky Class of the Hampton Institute and is in good and regular standing."
The students were very proud of these certificates. It was not long before everybody at Hampton was talking about the "Plucky Class." In a little while there were twenty-five in the group. The number kept on growing the next year, and in a few years the class had several hundred members. It is a big part of Hampton and Tuskegee to-day, for Washington used the same idea at Tuskegee.
Washington had a way of succeeding in everything he undertook. This was because he determined to succeed and worked so hard and so well that success was certain.
- "Up from Slavery," by Booker T. Washington, p. 105.