W.E.B. Du Bois Biography
Civil Rights Activist, Educator, Journalist (1868–1963)
W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most important African-American activists during the first half of the 20th century. He co-founded the NAACP and supported Pan-Africanism.
Who Was W.E.B. Du Bois?
Scholar and activist W.E.B. Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In 1895, he became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Du Bois wrote extensively and was the best known spokesperson for African-American rights during the first half of the 20th century. He co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P.) in 1909. Du Bois died in Ghana in 1963.
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INVISIBLE PAIN: Describes the everyday unneccessary burden people of color encounter in America. If you want to get a real awakening, read these actual recent headlines for yourself--“Supermarket Employee Fired After Denying Black Couple a Money Order Over ‘Fraud’ Concerns”-The Root • “Vintage Shopping While Black: NYC Lawyer and Daughter Handcuffed After Being Accused of Stealing”-The Root • White Woman Calls Security on ‘Suspicious Man with a Baby’ at Park in Washington, DC-The Root •
Yale student accused of ‘napping while Black’-CNN.
This craziness must and has to stop. Everyone pays for this type of behavior in society. It comes back to us by way of mental illness or PTSD. Historical Trauma also plays a role in the mental state and behavior of blacks from their ancestor’s DNA, explored by Dr. Joy DeGruy in this issue.
“Will the expert please stand up”—Mr. Sam Simmons of the non-profit “Healing Our Brothers” talks about the intergenerational pain blacks are experiencing each day. “Being stuck in trauma often leads to dangerous behaviors,” says Sam.