The Genius of W.E.B. DuBois

W.E.B DuBois, William Edward Burghardt, was born on February 23, 1868, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Growing up, DuBois lived in a predominantly white neighborhood and identified himself as a Mulato. He attended school with whites and was supported by his teachers in his academic work. He attended Fisk University in Nashville, Tennesse in 1885. Living in a predominantly white neighborhood, DuBois did not have a lot of familiarity with the African American culture. So, during his time at Fisk, he encountered a lot of changes. For example, Dubois first hand experienced racism and it’s effects. During this period, it affected his beliefs greatly. After attending Fisk, he attended Harvard University. He flourished in Harvard and was selected to study abroad at the University of Berlin. While in Berlin (Germany) Dubois had the opportunity to study with some eminent social scientist. Shortly after college, DuBois became an assistant instructor in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. There, he ran a sociological study of an urban community, The Philadelphia Negro. The study analyzed the social and economic conditions of African Americans in Philadelphia. While working in Atlanta, W.E.B DuBois publically opposed the educator, Booker T. Washington, for his work  in The Atlanta Compromise. DuBois felt as if Booker T.Washington should have urged for African Americans equality. Booker T. Washington instead compeled African Americans to accept discrimation and focus on elevating themselve through hard work. While Dubois advocated for political action and civil rights agenda. Sadly, W.E.B DuBois died on August 27, 1963, a day before Martin Luther King Jr. famous speech, I Have a Dream.


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