W.E.B Du Bois

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W.E.B Du Bois

Du Bois was the first African-American to earn a PhD from Harvard, a founding member of the NAACP, and one of the leading intellectuals of the 20th century, W.E.B. DuBois life-long fight for racial equality earned him a lasting and important place in this country's history. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, was born on February 23, 1868, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. While growing up in a mostly European American town, W.E.B. Du Bois identified himself as "mulatto," but freely attended school with whites and was enthusiastically supported in his academic studies by his white teachers. In 1885, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to attend Fisk University. It was there that he first encountered Jim Crow laws. For the first time, he began analyzing the deep troubles of American racism. W.E.B. Du Bois died on August 27, 1963, one day before Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington at the age of 95, in Accra, Ghana.


1888 - DuBois earns his first degree.1895 - DuBois earn his first PH.D from Harvard University.1897 - Accepts teaching position at Atlanta University.1906 - W.E.B Du Bois formed the Niagara Movement.1909 - DuBois Shares founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)1961 - W.E.B Du Bois Moves to Ghana

1. Du Bois became one of the first black American scholars to study in Europe, and the first African-American to earn a PhD at Harvard 2. His thesis, The Suppression of the African Slave-Trade to the United States of America, 1638-1870, has been republished dozens of times and remains an authoritative work on the topic. 3. He wrote a book called The Souls of Black Folk

Lasting Impact & Informational Video

Today, Du Bois is widely considered one of the most important scholars of his generation, who still influences researchers around the globe.

W.E.B Du BoisW.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most important African-American activists during the first half of the 20th century. He co-founded the NAACP and supported Pan-Africanism.1868 - 1963



Cody Taylor

This book is a literary masterpiece that articulates the cost of hatred and the power to resist it. Although it has never been out of print, it was especially important in the 1960’s, when it helped inspire the American civil rights struggle.

He taught sociology at Atlanta University between 1898 and 1910. Du Bois had hoped that social science could help eliminate segregation, but he eventually came to the conclusion that the only effective strategy against racism was agitation.

Multicultural Education

Multicultural education emerged during the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s. It grew out of the demands of ethnic groups for inclusion in the curriculum of schools, colleges, and universities. Although multicultural education is an outgrowth of the ethnic studies movement of the 1960s, it has deep historical roots in the African-American ethnic studies movement that emerged in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. W.E.B Du Bois had a personal, professional, and enduring commitment to the uplift of African Americans. He believed that creating positive self-images of African Americans was essential to their collective identity and liberation. He also believed that stereotypes and negative beliefs about African Americans could be effectively challenged by objective historical research that was also capable of transforming mainstream academic knowledge.


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