Washington’s social acceptance program for blacks was not an elitist program.
Most of Washington’s students were not in any way at all wealthy, they could barely afford to make their school payments. These students needed to be taught how to produce money generating products, such as bricks, that there was a market for. They were rarely taught Latin or Greek because there was no market for it. By being taught productive things the students could go and start a business that had market value, the surrounding people would then buy these things and eventually accept backs for their quality work.
Though Washington’s program was often not happily accepted by his students it was a great success!