W.E.B. Du Bois

Civil rights activist (1868-1963)


Allyson Bonhaus

Du Bois is an American writer and civil rights activist. He strived for social justice and his pioneering scholarly research. He said, “To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.”

Allyson Bonhaus, Staff Writer

  William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B) Du Bois founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Niagara Movement.

  Du Bois was involved in the academic fields of sociology, literature, history, urban studies, and gender studies. He studied at Harvard University and other top schools. Du Bois promoted idea on knowledge, peace, and love.

  He wrote nineteen books including “Souls of Black Folk” and edited four magazines and other literary works. Du Bois taught at universities and chaired at the Peace Information Center. He sought to place African-American experience into its world historic context.


“The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.” 

– – W.E.B. Du Bois