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Emmett J. Scott

Emmett J. Scott

Power Broker of the Tuskegee Machine

by Maceo C. Dailey Jr.

Edited by Will Guzmán and David H. Jackson Jr.

Foreword by David Levering Lewis

Afterword by Elaine Brown

Published by: Texas Tech University Press

Imprint: Texas Tech University Press

424 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in

  • Hardcover
  • 9781682831236
  • Published: May 2022


  • eBook
  • 9781682831304
  • Published: May 2022


Reared in Freedmen’s Town, Texas, Emmett J. Scott was a journalist, newspaper editor, government official, author, and chief of staff, adviser, and ghostwriter to Booker T. Washington. He was frequently called “the power broker of the Tuskegee Machine”: he was a Renaissance man, scholar, and political fixer. However, his life has not received a full examination until now.

Built upon fifty years of research, Maceo C. Dailey’s Emmett J. Scott offers fascinating detail by describing Scott’s role in promoting the Tuskegee Institute. Before his death, Dailey had nearly singular access to the Scott papers at Morgan State University, which have been officially closed for decades. Readers will finally be exposed to Scott’s behind-the-scenes contributions to racial uplift and will see Scott’s influential role in advancing not only the Tuskegee Institute but also the Booker T. Washington agenda.

Editors Will Guzmán and David H. Jackson lend their own expertise in bringing Dailey’s lifetime project to fruition. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Levering Lewis, a close friend of Maceo Dailey, provides a timely foreword. Former Black Panther Party chairwoman Elaine Brown, granddaughter of Emmett J. Scott, reflects on her relationship with Scott and his impact in the afterword.

Taken together, this work of biography is an impressive reference and an essential endeavor of recovery, one that restores to prominence the life and legacy of Emmett J. Scott.