Was Booker T Washington’s program for gaining social acceptance for blacks an elitist program? No.
Washington did not wish for black men and women to become the Illuminati. He wanted the prejudice between the races to vaporize. An elitist Washington would have blacks work their way up to the top of society, and eventually drive the whites out of any important position.
His methods also clearly showed that there was no elitism. He founded hi school almost from scratch. There was a small loan from Hampton Institute, but that was it. He tried to get the impression that work is evil out of all his students’ minds, and showed that time after time.