What was W.E.B. du Bois's connection with the NAACP?

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W.E.B. DuBois was one of the founders of the NAACP, which formed in 1910. DuBois was at the time one of the leading intellectuals in the United States, but his achievements were somewhat of an anomaly, as the vast majority of African-American men saw their talents unfulfilled under the racial system of Jim Crow in the South and structural racism in the North. DuBois was among the leaders of a group of philanthropists, activists, and intellectuals who founded the NAACP, which was formed to attack these injustices. He served as editor of The Crisis, the NAACP newspaper, a position which made him the leading black voice in the United States. DuBois fell out with the NAACP before World War II as his views on black nationalism began to diverge from their "color-blind" vision for social justice. After the war, however, he returned to the fold. He never saw eye-to-eye with the essentially moderate, legalistic approach to integration espoused by the NAACP, but he remained a member of the organization until his death.

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