W.E.B Du Bois

By: Imani Vinales

Backround

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born on Febuary 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He enrolled into Harvard as a junior after he was the first African American to graduate from his high school. when he was a junior he started college at Hardvard University. He earned his BA cum laude in 1890, his MA in 1891 and his Ph.D in 1895. He become very well know as the spokesperson for African American rights in the 20th century. He co-founded the NAACP in 1909. He died in Ghana August 27, 1963.

W.E.B. Du Bois Sociology

  • He came up with a concept called double consciousness where African Americans battle with the struggles of being an American and a African American when being African means being lesser
  • He describes something called a "vail" over African American where white people do not see blacks equaly
  • He wrote the book The Souls of Black Folk, portraying the lives of black people in an unequal society
  • Du Bois did a lot of research in cities like Philidelphia and Atlanta and studied topics like lynching, inequality in basic needs, and inequality in education
  • He organized the Niagra Falls movement which fought for equality for blacks on a government level
  • He was the co-founder of the NAACP which is an organization that focuses on equality for black people
  • After traveling the world he wrote the story The Negro where he talked about the historic race discrimination starting in Africa
  • He edited a opinion piece in the NAACP new paper called the crisis where he gave opposing views on racism
  • Du Bois's book The Black Recomtruction in America talks about the transition into freedom for the newly freed slaves and how it effects America
  • His story The Philadelphia Negro A Social Study Du Bois talks about the effects of blacks living in a racist society in Philadelphia.
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