W. E. B. DU BOIS Biography - Writers


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Born: February 23, 1868                                                                 
Died: August 27, 1963                                                                   
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was a noted scholar, editor, and African               
American activist. Du Bois was a founding member of the National Association for       
the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP -- the largest and oldest civil rights         
organization in America). Throughout his life Du Bois fought discrimination and         
racism. He made significant contributions to debates about race, politics, and         
history in the United States in the first half of the 20th century, primarily           
through his writing and impassioned speaking on race relations. Du Bois also           
served as editor of The Crisis magazine and published several scholarly works on       
race and African American history. By the time he died, in 1963, he had written         
17 books, edited four journals and played a key role in reshaping black-white           
relations in America.