W. E. B. Du Bois

William Edward Burghardt

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About

  • Born: February 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States

  • Civil rights-activist

  • sociologist

Objective: African American studies teacher at Harvard University

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Education

  • Received a bachelor's degree from Fisk University in 1888
  • Earned a second one from Harvard University in 1890
  • Continued on to graduate school and doctoral studies in Germany at the University of Berlin

Past job experience

  • Taught briefly at Wilberforce University in Ohio

  • Before accepting an offer to teach at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and conduct sociological research on a local Black neighborhood

  • In 1897, was named professor of history and economics at Atlanta University in Georgia. I remained there for twelve years

  • In 1909 became director of research for NAACP

Acomplishments

  • Co founder of NAACP
  • became involved in a wide variety of activities and continued to speak out forcefully on behalf of Pan-Africanism.
  • My vigor had surprised the NAACP leadership which had expected me, the seventy-six-year-old scholar to serve as little more than a figurehead.
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References

  • Joel Spingarn
  • Charles Young
  • John Hope