William E. B. Dubois's Influence On The Civil Rights Movement

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Many of the Civil rights movements known to Americans occurred during the twentieth century. Although it was more main stream in the middle of the 1900’s, at the end of the nineteenth century and towards the beginning of the century there were people who fought for what they believed in before the Civil Rights era. Marcus Garvey and William E.B. Dubois were two men who wanted to give their people an identity and make them important. They both have had a big impact on the Civil Rights of today. Through the comparison of the backgrounds and philosophies of Marcus Garvey and William E.B. Dubois, it can be proven that William Dubois has had a greater influence on the Civil Rights of today. The comparison of the philosophies and overall influences of these two men starts with their different backgrounds. Marcus Garvey was born in a lower class Jamaican family so he saw the civil rights matter from a low class perspective (Stein, 1986). He did not receive the best education because he left school early to begin working. He was an apprentice to his godfather in a print shop which…show more content…
Dubois believed for some time that blacks and whites could live in the same place but have nothing to do with each other in society (Broderick). He later decided that that would not work out and developed a theory known as the “Conservation of Races” which described a solution for the African-American situation (Moses,2007). This theory was derived from the belief of Booker T. Washington that progress of the Negro race would be a result of people developing skills to better themselves and the support of other races (Wolters). Although Dubois agreed with Washington on the fact that bettering society would have to be a mutual act, he did not admire Washington like Garvey did. He began to move away from the other beliefs of Washington because it was almost like he accepted discrimination and was fighting against Dubois
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