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William Edward Burghardt Du Bois

[1868-1963]

W.E.B. Du Bois
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“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.”

“I believe in liberty for all men: the space to stretch their arms and their souls, the right to breathe and the right to vote, the freedom to choose their friends, enjoy the sunshine, and ride on the railroads, uncursed by color; thinking, dreaming, working as they will in a kingdom of beauty and love.”

W. E. B. Du Bois was a public intellectual, sociologist, and civil rights activist on behalf of the African American community. He profoundly shaped black political culture in the United States through his founding role in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as well as internationally through the Pan-African movement. He was the first African American to earn a doctorate and became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University. Du Bois’ sociological and historical research on African-American communities and culture broke ground in many areas, including the history of the post-Civil War Reconstruction period. Du Bois was also a prolific author of novels, autobiographical accounts, innumerable editorials and journalistic pieces, and several works of history. In 1961 he moved to Africa and renounced his American citizenship in 1962.

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