Celebrating W.E.B Du Bois

Vincenzo Blake, Journalist

W.E.B. Du Bois, also known as William Edward Burghardt Du  Bois, was a American sociologist, historian, and civil rights activist. His main goal was to fight racism, and he strongly protested lynching, segregation laws, and discrimination. He was born on February 23, 1868. In 1905, Du Bois founded the Niagara Movement, a group organized to oppose racial segregation. With his group of followers, he opposed the Atlanta compromise, an agreement that black people would submit under white rule. The Atlanta compromise promised educational opportunities but Du Bois fought for FULL CIVIL RIGHTS. Du Bois grew up in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.He was born into a very small free black population. His father immigrated to the United States and married Mary Silvina Burghardt, Alfred left Mary in 1870 leaving her with the soon to be activist William Edward Burghardt Du Bois. Sadly, 15 years after, Mary Silvina Burghardt died of stroke. During his younger age the community treated Du Bois fairly well. In public school, he played with his white friends. Once he was a young adult, he wrote about racism which felt very strongly about. On his way to college, his childhood church funded his education for him. On top of being the founder of the Niagara Movement, W.E.B. Du Bois wrote the book The Souls of Black Folk, and this was a collection of fourteen essays eventually become one of the most inspirational books of all time. He was also the first African American to earn a PH. D at Harvard University. Du Bois criticized Washington for not demanding full equality during the time he became a spokesperson Civil Rights. W.E.B. Du Bois was an important civil rights activist and in genral an almost sufficient wake up call for Washington. Sadly, he passed at the age 95, a day before MLK’S I have a dream speech. So, in conclusion, W.E.B. Du Bois was a civil rights activist and author who should be celebrated across the world. 






“The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.
The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.
To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.” W.E.B Du Bois