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William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B.) Dubois is most well-known for being one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, also known as the NAACP. This is an association geared to minorities in the United States. He was born in February of 1868.

He was a gifted individual with great attainments even during his teenage years, where he heightened his curiosity and interest in the poor populations of the US South and the overall state of affairs for African Americans. He was a graduate of Fisk, Harvard, and the University of Berlin where he went on a scholarship given by President Rutherford B. Hayes. He was the first black man to receive a Harvard P.Hd in 1895.

His social influence is based on his strong efforts in favor of helping poor African Americans, in favor of education as a way to succeed, and in favor of laws that would help African Americans move away from the social oppression under which they were subjugated.

His ideologies regarding social injustice against black people were strong enough to even earn him enemies in both the NAACP and in his own community. He strongly believed that fighting for the cause should be done with more angst and action than what he was used to seeing in popular African Americans, to include Booker T. Washington. 

In the end he left NAACP, which was mainly directed by white people and renounced his American citizenship becoming a citizen of Ghana. 



Yojana_Thapa | Student
  • Du Bois was the 1st black to earn Ph.D. from Harvard. He believed that academic education was more important that trade education. He said that receiving industrial education would keep African-Americans trapped in lower social and economic classes. Du Bois wanted African-Americans encouraged to succeed in the arts and sciences. He encouraged African-Americans to demand equal rights. Helped found the 1905 Niagara Movement for equal rights, helped create NAACP in 1910  

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