w.e.b.Du Bois Essay

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W. E. B. Du Bois Lahoma V. Rines For years there has been talk about African American leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jessie Jackson and even Reverend Al Sharpton that are credited for fighting injustice for the African American people. But if the true be told W. E. B. Du Bois is the person that should really get the credit for starting the movement of equality for African Americans. Du bois was an African American man with a strong social position, who did statistics to examine racial discrimination against blacks, and his opposition to the thought that blacks where biologically inferior to whites is the reason why I choose to write about him. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts to Dutch-African and French parents. Du Bois was a graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and he also received a bachelor’s, master, and a doctorate in sociology from Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While teaching in the south at Atlanta University he saw how African American where unfair treated and this would move him to publish the book The Souls of black Folk. The book basically stated that the problem in the twentieth century was a problem with the color line. He stated the real cause of the Civil War was about Negro slavery but Congress, the President and nation said it was not about Negro slavery (Watson 1997). Du Bois would work for Atlanta University for thirteen year while writing about morality, urbanization, business, college-bred, church, and crime life of Negroes. Du Bois believed that race issues where based on ignorance. He would then write The Philadelphia Negro that showed those Negro groups as a symptom not a cause; striving, strong group, and not powerless, sick body of criminals; as a long historic development and not a short lived people (Williams

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