W.E.B. Du Bois Biography

William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community. After graduating from Harvard, where he was the first African American to earn a doctorate, he became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University. Du Bois was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909.

Du Bois rose to national prominence as the leader of the Niagara Movement, a group of African-American activists who wanted equal rights for blacks. Du Bois and his supporters opposed the Atlanta Compromise, an agreement crafted by Booker T. Washington which provided that Southern blacks would work and submit to white political rule, while Southern whites guaranteed that blacks would receive basic educational and economic opportunities. Instead, Du Bois insisted on full civil rights and increased political representation, which he believed would be brought about by the African-American intellectual elite. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
W.E.B. Du Bois
Nationality:
Ghana
Profession:
Historian, Writer, Philosopher, Journalist, Editor, Professor
Ethnicity:
African American, Ghanaian American
Date of Birth:
February 23, 1868
Astrological Sign:
Date of Death:
August 27, 1963
Age at Death:
95
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