On this day in Black History: William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born on Feb. 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
In 1885, Du Bois attended Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and earned his bachelor’s degree. In 1892, Du Bois earned his master’s degree from Harvard University. In 1895, he became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University. A couple of years later, Du Bois became a history and economics professor at Clark Atlanta University.
In 1899, Du Bois published his first book The Philadelphia Negro – a sociological study of African Americans in Philadelphia. In 1903, he published a book about American Literature and 14 essays on race called The Souls of Black Folk. In 1909, Du Bois co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
On Aug. 27, 1963 Du Bois died at the age of 95 in Accra, Ghana.
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