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Dr W.E.B. DuBois

Dr W.E.B. DuBois

Original Name William Edward Burghardt
Birth
Great Barrington, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 27 Aug 1963 (aged 95)
Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
Burial Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
Memorial ID 6876927 · View Source
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Social Reformer, Author. The co-founder of the Niagara Movement, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Pan-African Congress, he was a scholar and seeker of racial equality for African-Americans and one of the most significant leaders of his generation. He, along with Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, is considered one of the most influential African-Americans before the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's. Born only six years after emancipation, he was active well into his nineties. He was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts in 1868, and received his bachelors degree from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1888, going on to earn a bachelors degree from Harvard University (1890), his masters (1891), and his PhD (the first African-American to do so) in 1895. He used Atlanta University as his base from 1897 to 1910 to oppose Booker T. Washington's educational views which he felt were to limiting. In 1905, he helped organize the Niagara movement and in 1909 was co-founder of the NAACP. Between 1910 and 1934, he edited the NAACP's journal "The Crisis", and served as the organization's director of publicity and research. He was the author of several books throughout his life, including "The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study" (1899), "Atlanta University Studies" (1897), "Soul of Black Folk" (1903), and "Black Reconstruction" (1935). In 1934, he resigned from the NAACP and returned to Atlanta University, where he served as head of the Department of Sociology until 1944. Although W.E.B. Du Bois was a major leader in the early civil rights movement in America, ultimately he became delusioned with prospects for equality of African-Americans. Through out his life at various times he was accused of elitism, communism, and black separation. In later years, he embraced socialism, and in 1961 joined the United States Communist Party and two years later, he gave up his United States citizenship. That same year, he and his wife Shirley moved to Ghana, where they became a citizens of that country. He died in Accra, Ghana at age 95.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr W.E.B. DuBois (23 Feb 1868–27 Aug 1963), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6876927, citing Du Bois Memorial Centre, Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana ; Maintained by Find A Grave .