Great Granddaughter of Booker T. Washington Keeps His Legacy Alive

Great Granddaughter of Booker T. Washington rises up to create positive change!

Sara Washington O'Neal Rush

Nationwide ( — In addition to Women’s History Month this year, 2015 marks 150 years since the end of chattel slavery in America, and 100 years since the death of Booker T. Washington – former slave turned famous educator, and founder of Tuskegee University.

In commemoration of each of these significant events in American history, Sarah Washington O’Neal Rush, great-granddaughter of Booker T. Washington, continues on a mission to incite hope and create positive change among women, college students, urban youth, educators, counselors, and social workers, with her latest book Rising Up From the Blood: A Legacy Reclaimed, A Bridge Forward.

“Every time someone tells me that my story of falling and failing, and rising and achieving, empowered them to rise, achieve, and heal, thats when I know that I am not living in vain,” Rush says.

Rising Up From the Blood is an incredible tell-all, true story, that sheds light on how one remarkable woman, the last born of the great-grandchildren of Booker T. Washington, experienced growing up near poverty, and “at-risk” in Oakland, California. Yet, she was able to rise above her circumstancesbut not until she learned how her great-grandfather was able to rise above slavery to become the most influential Black leader of his time.

The courage of his mother, Jane, who was born a slave, and the earnestness of Sarah’s mother, Agnes Louise Washington, reinforce the lessons woven throughout this book. Now, armed with wisdom and personal experience, this author, speaker, and educator, continues on a mission to empower others to rise up from their blood, tell their own story, and reclaim their own legacy.

The book was written with Yvonne Rose, and has a forward by Tony Rose, NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literature, and publisher of Amber Books.

Rising Up From the Blood: A Legacy Reclaimed, A Bridge Forward is available now at,, and autographed copies are available at
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” — Booker T. Washington

Photo Caption: Sarah Washington ONeal Rush – author, speaker, educator, and great-granddaughter of Booker T. Washington