W.E.B. Du Bois

The first Black American to earn a PhD from Harvard, founding member of the NAACP. There are buildings, schools, humanitarian awards, and an orchestra named after him.

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W.E.B. Du Bois

… probably he does not understand his own people in their natural state … it is the thought of a negro of Northern education … who cannot fully feel the meaning of some things—and which the Southern-bred white knows …

The New York Times review of The Souls of Black Folk, 1903


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