The concept of the Talented Tenth was popularized by Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois in his essay The Negro Problem. It advocated for provision of classical education for the top ten percent of African Americans, training them to be exceptional leaders who would lead the rest of the African community. Booker T. Washington laid emphasis on the importance of industrial curricula instead of providing college education for the black people. However, Booker T. Washington edited the essay would most likely claim to be proud to be part of the Talented Tenth.