BHM2021: Dr. W.E.B. DuBois- Black Americas greatest intellectual
"No Black History Month celebration would be complete without a tribute to Black intellectualism and the father of modern day Black Think Tanks, Dr. W.E.B.DuBois. As a young man I became a member of the historic Wilberforce #21 lodge, where DuBois was a past member, and was able read some of his writings. His word have been proven timeless. Studying at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio was such a special place. The end of the line for the Underground Railroad, the institution founded by Bishop Allen where DuBois and Delaney lived. I am always proud of the accomplishment of men like them who did not find an excuse or blame others, but pressed forward to not only receive an education for themselves, but sought to teach others. DuBois did not only study the problem of Black Americans, he tried to change the trajectory of a people newly emancipated.. My favorite quote of DuBois says, "A little less complaint and whining, and a little more dogged work and manly striving would do us more credit than a thousand civil rights bills." The Martin Luther King Republicans encourage you to read about the people who did not wait for legislation, de-segregation, or corporations to address the problems Black America faced. Also, the W.E.B.Dubois Center in Accra Ghana is an excellent collection of his works and were this information was gathered. And as always, please COMMENT. LIKE, and SHARE". -Jimmy Lee Tillman, II founder, and president.
WHO WAS W.E.B. DUBOIS
Dr. William Edward Burghardt DuBois (February 23, 1868-August 27, 1963) was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, of French, Dutch and African ancestry.
He was educated at Great Barrington high school, where he obtained a scholarship to Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, an African American school, from which he graduated in 1888.
He next spent four years at Harvard University, obtaining his A.B. in philosophy in 1890 and then pursuing graduate studies in political economy and history. In 1892 he won a fellowship to Berlin University.
Dr. DuBois was born in Great Barrington, Mass., on February 23, 1868, five years after the Emancipation Proclamation. He was born, as he phrased it in his autobiography, "Dusk at Dawn," "with a flood of Negro blood, a strain of French, a bit of Dutch, but, thank God, no 'Anglo-Saxon.'"
In Great Barrington, a tolerant, provincial town, Dr. DuBois grew up as one of about 50 African-Americans among 5,000 inhabitants. His mother's family, among whom he was raised, had lived in a relatively humble situation in a community where social status was determined by income and ancestry and not by color.
Because of this economic leveling, racial discrimination did not face Dr. DuBois until he had left New England to attend college in the South.
He received his Ph.D. from Harvard-the first African American to obtain a Harvard doctorate- for his thesis on "The Suppression of African Slave Trade to the United States of America, 1638-1870."
On leaving Harvard, he had been appointed professor of classics at Wilberforce University, Ohio. He left in 1896 for the University of Pennsylvania, where he turned to sociology, becoming the first African American sociologist in the United States.
In 1897 he was appointed director of Negro Studies at Atlanta University, Georgia.
He published several sociological research studies, including The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study(1899)and The Souls of Black Folk (1903).
DuBois initiated the Niagra Movement(1905-10), a forerunner of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (N.A.A.C.P), which called for full political, civil, and social rights for African Americans.
He also became editor of the N.A.A.C.P publication, The Crisis.DuBois also inspired several Pan African Congresses' organizations between 1919 and 1945.
In 1961 came to ghana at the invitation of President Kwame Nkrumah. DuBois became a Ghanaian citizen and was the first director of the Encyclopedia African project.
He was elected a Fellow at the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1961 and awarded a doctorate in literature by the University of Ghana in 1963. He died in Accra in August of the same year.
Little known fact about W.E.B. DuBois
W.E.B. DU BOIS DIED THE DAY BEFORE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.'S “I HAVE A DREAM” SPEECH.
Du Bois was 95 when he died in Accra, Ghana, on August 27, 1963. (Du Bois’s house in Accra, where he’s buried, was turned into the W.E.B. Du Bois Center, a small museum to his time in Ghana.) The next day, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave the famous speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where he shared his dream. It seems fate isn’t without a sense of poetry.