The role of education is pivotal for Du Bois's radical vision of equality. He emphatically rejected Booker T. Washington's so-called Atlanta Compromise whereby African-Americans would be given basic educational and economic freedoms in return for their good behavior. Du Bois didn't want compromise; he wanted full civil rights, which included the right to a good quality education.
In such a deeply racist society, this necessitated the establishment of separate educational institutions for African-Americans. Du Bois believed that these institutions had a vital role to play in educating the so-called "talented tenth," the name he gave to the intellectual and cultural elite of the African-American community. This explains Du Bois's emphasis on a broad, liberal-arts education as opposed to Booker T. Washington's more narrow focus on technical and vocational education.
If we examine a couple of themes from the work, education becomes a critical part of addressing these realities. For DuBois,...
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