W.E.B. Du Bois was born on this day in 1868


U.S. Chief Delegate Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois, left, is shown with artist Pablo Picasso in the Salle Playel Auditorium in Paris, April 20, 1949 at the opening of the World Congress of Partisans of Peace. Author, educator, college professor, and public lecturer for over 75 years, Du Bois advocated the elimination of discrimination and inequality against black Americans. (AP Photo/Jean-Jacques Levy)
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Born on February 23, 1868, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, W.E.B. Du Bois emerged as a prominent figure in sociology and history. His extensive studies delved into the Black experience, earning him acclaim among historians. He is also renowned for pioneering Pan-Africanism, advocating for people of African descent to unite in the struggle for their freedom.

Du Bois played a pivotal role in the establishment of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and contributed significantly to its early endeavors.

Notably, he authored 16 research monographs between 1897 and 1914, further solidifying his scholarly contributions.

He died in Ghana in 1963 at 95 years old.

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