Jay Thal (jay.thal@TCS.WAP.ORG)
Tue, 10 Feb 1998 22:01:07 EST
Who was W.E.B. DuBois?
In the past few days there were several postings regarding W.E.B. DuBois, the
Communist, as if that one thing defined the man and his importance.
He was born William Edward Burghardt DuBois, in Great Barrington,
Massachusetts, in 1868. He was an educator, author, and leader.
He was the first negro/black/african-american graduate of Harvard University.
>From 1896 to 1910 he taught history and economics at Atlanta University.
In 1909 he founded the Niagara movement which later that year became the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was the editor
of the NAACP magazine: The Crisis, from 1910 - 1932.
He was an internationalist, and urged the liberation of colonial Africa at
several international congresses between 1900 and 1927.
In 1945 he co-chaired the Pan African Congress.
Yes, in 1961, at the age of 93, he became a Communist; and emigrated to Ghana
He died in 1963.
This summary hardly measures the historic importance of this great American
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