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W.E.B. DU BOIS

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868 – 1963) graduated from Fisk University, and was the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He became a professor at Atlanta University and at The New School in New York City. Du Bois published more than 4,000 articles and essays, 22 books, and established four academic journals in his career. As an advocate of Pan-Africanism, the belief that all people of African descent had common interests and should work together in the struggle for their freedom, Du Bois was the most important black leader in the U.S. during the first half of the 20th century. He was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909, and edited The Crisis, its official magazine, from 1910 to 1934. As editor, he encouraged the development of black literature and art, and campaigned for increased political representation and the formation of a black intellectual elite who would work for the progress of the African-American race.

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