W.E.B Du Bois


"One ever feels his two-ness. An American, a Negro; two souls, two
thoughts, two warring ideals in one dark body whose dogged strength alone keeps
it from being torn asunder." This was how William E. B. Du Bois described how
it felt to be a Negro in the beginning of the twentieth century in his book The
Souls of Black Folk. W.E.B. Du Bois, was a black editor, historian, sociologist,
and a leader of the civil rights movement in the United States. He helped found
the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and was
its spokesman in the first decades of its existence.
William Edward Bughardt Du Bois was born three years following the Civil
War, on February 23, ...

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and school work always came easy to him. Du Bois excelled in Latin and
Greek and participated in active discussions about the meaning of Love and Life.
At the age of 15, William began to write weekly columns in the New York Globe
and Springfield Republican.
Attending Harvard was W.E.B.'s longtime dream, however after receiving a
scholarship to Fisk University in Nashville he gladly accepted. Du Bois was
amazed by the South, he felt a home on the campus of Fisk. William had never
been surrounded by fellow blacks, and he began to understand the plight of the
Negro. He enjoyed concerts given by Fisk's Jubilee Singers, giving him faith
about blacks, and how they will have a better life to come. However, after
visiting back home he saw that Tennessee deprived Negroes of citizenship rights,
and that Negroes were the blunt of jokes. W.E.B. realized the discrimination
and knew something had to happen to improve the lives of Negroes. "I am a
Negro, and I glory in the name!," ...

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