W. E. B. Dubois (William Edward Burghardt Dubois) is an African-American activist, writer, author, sociologist and teacher whose works changed the world view of black lives.

W. E. B. Dubois was born in Massachusetts, on 23rd February, 1968.  He attended Fisk University, which was a school for black students. After graduation, he gained admission into Harvard University in 1988, where he received advanced degrees in History. He attended University of Berlin to work on his doctorate but couldn’t complete it because his funding run-out. He received his doctorate from Harvard. His doctoral thesis, ”The Suppression of the African Slave Trade to the United States of America, 1638-1870″, became his first book and a standard in American Eduction.

W. E. B Dubios research on many matters that bordered around the lives of African-Americans and slavery. Some of the notable works of W. E. B. Dubois include “The Philadelphia Negro”, “The Striving of the Negro People”, “The Souls of the Black Folk”, “The Moon Illustrated Weekly”, “Encyclopedia Africana” and his novel “the Quest of the Silver Fleece”.

Dubois has worked in several institutions such as the Wilberforce University, University of Pennsylvania, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Tuskegee University, the NAACP among others.

He married Niner Gomes in 1896. When she passed away in the year 1950, he married Shirley Graham in 1951. In 1961, Dubois joined the American Communist Party before leaving to Ghana, on the invitation of President Kwame Nkrumah, to live there and become citizen of the country. Whiles in Ghana, Dubois worked on matters that boarded around Pan-Africanism. He also worked at finishing his “Encyclopedia Americana”, a compendium of the history and achievement of people of African descent, which was designed to bring unity to the African Diaspora. The publishing of this encyclopedia did not come to fruition before his death.

W. E. B. Dubois died in Ghana, in the year 1963 and was given a state burial.




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