Two great leaders of the black community in the late 19th and 20th century were W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington. However, they sharply disagreed on strategies for black social and economic progress. Their opposing philosophies can be found in much of today's discussions over how to end class and racial injustice, what is the role of black leadership, and what do the 'haves' owe the 'have-nots' in the black community.
W.E.B. DuBois was born on February 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He died August 27, 1963 but not before he was known as a historian,professor writer, editor, sociologist and my favorite , the radicalist. Du Bois grew up in a single parent home with no father. He went to schools that had mostly white students. (This I found very intriguing because his attitude was more blacks should be equal no matter what unlike his counter part Booker T. Washington whose attitude seemed to be put whites first.) I also learned that while many speak of Booker T. Washington's illegal and slick ways, Du Bois had been to prison for allowing foreigners to register.
Du Bois argued that, given the opportunity to educate themselves, American blacks would emerge from behind what he referred to as their "veil" of self-conscious "differentness."Dubois and 29 others started a movement that aided in changes for African Americans. This movement was called the Niagara movement and women were allowed to be members. Doing this time Booker T. Washington was noted for keeping the press from printing however, some articles did get out. In 1909, after an outbreak of rioting and murders of Negroes in Springfield, Illinois, a protest meeting was held in New York that led to the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. DuBois was one of the founding members of the organization. The NAACP was made up of of blacks and whites which tried to remove legal barriers to full
Cited: Kirkwood, S. An Justice for All. National Parks v80 no3 (Summer 2006)p. 66-7 or http://vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com.ezproxy.memphis.edu/hww/closepop.jhtml -Wilson Du Bois, W. E. B. The "Veil" of Self-consciousness [Reprint]. Atlantic Monthly (1993) v. 297 no. 2 (March 2006) p. 55 orhttp://vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com.ezproxy.memphis.edu/hww/results/results_fulltext_maincontentframe.jhtml;jsessionid=FUXLZSBPD4J5TQA3DILSFF4ADUNGIIV0 --MacMullan, T. A. Is There a White Gift?: A Pragmatist Response to the Problem of Whiteness. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society v. 41 no. 4 (Fall 2005) p. 796-817 ==Provenzo, E. F. Time Exposure [Exhibit of the Georgia Negro by W. E. B. Du Bois]. Educational Studies (American Educational Studies Association) v. 38 no. 2 (October 2005) p. 206-7 jack salzman editor in chief, The African American Experience. mcmillian new york 1993 Henry Louis Gates Jr. general editor, Nellis Y. McKay general editor 2nd edition The Norton AnthologyAfrican American Literature noron2004 new york