William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was a great contributor to humanity, an activist, a scholar and a leader. He wrote poems, fought discrimination, and inspired others to rise up through education and political involvement. 150 miles due west of Boston Massachusetts on February 23, 1868 in Great Barrington Massachusetts W.E.B. De Bois was born. He died August 27th, 1963 the day before Martin Luther King Jr gave his “I Have a Dream” Speech, in Accra, Ghana 1963. He lived to see both world wars, the invention of the automobile and many other things in his 95 years. He grew up in the North nearly 300 miles away from the old Mason Dixon line and when he left Massachusetts at the age of 17 he entered a whole new world of learning at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. He later on went to Harvard University where he was not even allowed to stay on the grounds (Khalil Muhammad 2014). Despite all this he still obtained his doctorate in history. In 1896 he married Nina Gomer and together they had two children. One or which died as a baby because the De Bois family was refused healthcare on the basis of race. He was a member of the Communist party, a recipient of the Lenin Peace Prize. He was one of the founders of the Niagara Movement that later developed into the NAACP. He was an outspoken man who saw a lot, learned a lot and changed a lot.
Arguably his greatest work, “The Souls of Black Folk” was a commentary on the Black experience, the Segregation and discrimination faced by Black Americans in the South. He discusses the post-civil war experience and legislation that affected the sociological and economic opportunities of Blacks in this country. He sheds the illuminating light of personal experience onto the c...
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...ca. The truly significant aspect is that his words and ideals haven’t lost any of their relevance when it comes to understanding the total history and root of the racial problems that plague this country. His books, poems and essays still provide us all with a beautifully real portrait of the American racial problem.
"W.E.B Dubois vs. Booker T. Washington." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2014.
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois. (2014). The Biography.com website. Retrieved 01:08, Sep 30, 2014, from http://www.biography.com/people/web-du-bois-9279924.
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