W.E.B Dubois

Web Dubois a Massachusetts born man that was greatly admired in his later years by many of his peers for his big steps he took for the African American civil rights. After graduating from Great Barrington High School he went to the University of Berlin finding out that he had a great passion in African American history he went to the University of Harvard to broaden he knowledge on the history of African Americans. In 1895 William Dubois Became the first African American to be given a Ph. D. from the University of Harvard.

After his Ph. D. he started teaching economics and history at the University Of Atlanta and in the early 1900’s he published his first ground breaking book The souls of Black Folks. Which the book contained attacks on Booker T Washington. In the eyes of W. E. B Dubois Booker T Washington was a Uncle Tom selling his race short by trying to tell them that they aren’t going to be a important figure in life, so he told people that they should learn a trade to make themselves some what successful in life.

And to Dubois he thought this was wrong he thought instead Washington should be telling them that they should be trying to make something better with there race. The Crisis was a newspaper that Dubois was the editor of and in October, 1911 he wrote about the Jim Crow laws and in one article “every argument for Negro suffrage is a argument for women suffrage. Dubois kept on being the editor of the crisis until 1934 when he became the chairman of the Sociology Department of the University of Atlanta.

He was active in the NAACP and Dubois was there representative at the San Francisco Conference which founded the United Nations. Dubois wrote many books such as The Philadelphia Negro, John Brown, Dusk of dawn , Colour and Democracy. Dubois joined the communist party in 1961 and at the age of 91 moved to Ghana where he became a naturalized citizen. Dubois died in August 27 in 1967 and he was honored by a state funeral and buried.