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W. E. B. Du Bois

Born: Feb 23, 1868

Death: Aug 27, 1963

Birthplace: Great Barrington

Profession: Writer

Nationality: Ghana

W. E. B. Du Bois

Date of Birth : Feb 23, 1868
Date of Death : Aug 27, 1963
Birth Place : Great Barrington

William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community. After completing graduate work at the University of Berlin and Harvard, where he was the first African American to earn a doctorate, he became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University. Du Bois was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909. Du Bois rose to national prominence as the leader of the Niagara Movement, a group of African-American activists who wanted equal rights for blacks. Du Bois and his supporters opposed the Atlanta compromise, an agreement crafted by Booker T. Washington which provided that Southern blacks would work and submit to white political rule, while Southern whites guaranteed that blacks would receive basic educational and economic opportunities. Instead, Du Bois insisted on full civil rights and increased political representation, which he believed would be brought about by the African-American intellectual elite.


  • Writer
  • Philosopher
  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • Professor
  • Historian

Also known as

  • W.E.B. Du Bois
  • W. E. B. Du Bois
  • W.E.B. DuBois


  • Mary Silvina Du Bois
  • Alfred Du Bois


  • Shirley Graham Du Bois
  • Nina Gomer Du Bois

Awards Won

  • Lenin Peace Prize
  • Spingarn Medal
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