- NAME: W.E.B. Du Bois
- OCCUPATION: Educator, Civil Rights Activist, Journalist
- BIRTH DATE: February 23, 1868
- DEATH DATE: August 27, 1963
- Did You Know?: W.E.B. Du Bois was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University (1895).
- Did You Know?: The first case study of an African-American community was conducted by W.E.B. Du Bois, published as The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study (1899).
- Did You Know?: W.E.B. Du Bois co-founded the NAACP in 1909.
- Did You Know?: W.E.B. Du Bois died one day before Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington (August 28, 1963).
- EDUCATION: Fisk University, University of Berlin, Harvard University, Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität (now Humboldt-Universität)
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Great Barrington, Massachusetts
- PLACE OF DEATH: Accra, Ghana
- Full Name: William Edward Burghardt Du Bois
- AKA: W.E.B. Du Bois
- AKA: William Du Bois
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W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most important African-American activists during the first half of the 20th century. He co-founded the NAACP and supported Pan-Africanism.
In 1895, W.E.B. Du Bois became the first African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard. He fought for African American rights and cofounded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, discusses the conflict between W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington over how to advance the African-American race.
Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, discusses the life and impact of civil rights pioneer W.E.B. DuBois.
W.E.B. Du Bois and other activists started the Niagara Movement to end racial segregation and to lead the charge against Jim Crow laws.
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A proponent of Pan-Africanism, Du Bois helped organize several Pan-African Congresses to free African colonies from European powers.
W.E.B. Du Bois died on August 27, 1963—one day before Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington—at the age of 95, in Accra, Ghana, while working on an encyclopedia of the African Diaspora.
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