Celebrating Black History Month: Wiliam Edward Burghardt Washington

"I believe in Liberty for all men; the space to stretch their arms and their souls;
the right to breathe and the right to vote, the freedom to choose their friends,
enjoy the sunshine and ride on the railroads, uncursed by color; thinking,
dreaming, working as they will in a kingdom of God and love."

The Souls of Black Folk (1903)

Chronology of W.E.B. Du Bois's Life
1868 Born February 23, 1868, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts
1888 Received his undergraduate degree from Fisk University; won a scholarship to Harvard
University
1894-1896 Professor of classics, Wilberforce University
1895 First African-American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University
1899 The Philadelphia Negro
1900 Helped organize and attended the First Pan-African Conference
1905 Helped begin the Niagra Movement
1897-1910 Professor of history and economics, Atlanta University
1903 The Souls of Black Folks
1909 Helped found the NAACP
1910-1932 NAACP's Director of Publications and editor of its publication, The Crisis
1911-1912 Socialist Party Member
1926 First visit to the Soviet Union
1934-1944 Professor and chairman of sociology department, Atlanta University
1944-1948 Director of the Department of Special Research, NAACP
1950 Chair of the Peace Information Center
1959 Awarded the Lenin Peace Prize
1961 Joined the Communist Party; emigrated to Ghana
1963 Became a Ghanian citizen and renounced his U.S. citizenship; died August 27, 1963



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