W.E.B DuBois

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W.E.B DuBois




Birth & Death

DuBois grew up in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. His father was a barber and his mother was a domestic worker. His father left when he was young, and his mother died when he was sixteen. He worked as a timekeeper in a local mill before he went to college at Fisk University in Nashville. He later attended Harvard where he was the first ever African American to earn a Ph. D. there. He also studied at the University of Berlin. Later he taught at Wilberforce College and Atlanta University.

William Edward Burghardt DuBois was born in 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He died in 1963, after moving to Ghana, a country in West Africa.He was 95 years old at the time of his death.

W. E. B. DuBois

"The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression."

Growing up DuBois' family was one in twenty white families. He had no opportunity be be exposed to African American culture. When he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, for college, he got a taste of what life was life down south. He saw the effects of racism, and experienced African American culture for the first time. This was a very influential part of his life and shaped him into the person he was.

W. E. B. DuBois was an activist, author, and educator. He was a founding member of several civil rights organizations. His book, The Souls of Black Folk, was a milestone in African American literary history. He believed that African Americans should not have to earn their rights, but should be given them. His contributions to the fight for equality are unmatched and African Americans might not have achieved equality without them.

Grace Carravone


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