William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He attended Fisk University, Berlin’s Humboldt University, and Harvard University where he became the first African American to earn a doctorate. W.E.B Du Bois taught at Wilberforce University and Atlanta University. He was a prolific author, his collection of essays, The Souls of Black Folk, and his book Black Reconstruction in America are some of his notable works. Dr. Du Bois was a leader of the “Niagara Movement,” a black civil rights group that pushed for full equal rights and increased political representation. In 1910, he helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Writings of W.E.B. Du Bois
“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, un-cursed by color; thinking, dreaming, working as they will in a kingdom of beauty and love.”
“I believe in God, who made of one blood all nations that on earth do dwell. I believe that all men, black and brown and white, are brothers, varying through time and opportunity, in form and gift and feature, but differing in no essential particular, and alike in soul and the possibility of infinite development.”
This W.E.B Du Bois history mug is part of our African American History series which includes many of the unique individuals who played an important part in molding America’s history.
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