W.E.B DuBois

An African-American Educator By: Alli Calhoun

More about W.E.B DuBois

W.E.B DuBois was born on Feburary 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He was the first African American to achieve a Ph.D from Harvard University, before harvard he received his bachelors degree at Fisk. Also DuBois went to three different colleges where he eventually got the degrees to become a journalist and an educator. He was a Civil Rights Activists and wrote many books about the civil rights times and his thoughts on those times, he actually co-found an organization for African-Americans in 1905 and was well known for his work as a Civil rights activists, he started an organization called thr Niagra Movement which started in 1908.The Niagara Movement was a call for opposition to racial segregation and disenfranchisement, and it was opposed to policies of accommodation and conciliation promoted by African-American leaders such as Booker T. Washington Sadly W.E.B DuBois died in Ghana on the year of 1963, his work and books will always be remembered.

"A system cannot fail those it was never meant to protect." -W.E.B DuBois

10 Interesting Facts about DuBois

  • He had eight professions (Civil rights activists, poet, writer, journalists, editor, sociologists, educator, and historian.)
  • He finished all his degree work in 1888.
  • Everyday he works from 7:25am to 5pm.
  • DuBois taught at Wilberforce University and made $800.00 a year.
  • He died a day before Martin Luther King Jr made is "I have a dream" speech.
  • He wrote 21 books and edited 15 others giving a total of 36 books.
  • He was given a state funeral on Aug 27, 1963.
  • He led four other Pan-African congresses held from 1919-1927
  • He was a Non-Fiction author.
  • He got married in 1896, he had two kids (a daughter and a son but the son had died as a baby.)