W.E.B Dubois

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William Edward Burghardt famously recognized as W.E.B Dubois was born on February 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. W.E.B Dubois was famously recognized as an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor. W.E.B Dubois was born to parents Alfred Dubois and Mary Silvina Du Bois who was apart of a diminutive group of released blacks. During Dubois’ early childhood, his parents got divorced in 1870 when W.E.B was two years of age and he lived with his mother till she died in 1885. In the community where W.E.B lived, it consisted of approximately 5,000 whites and about 50 blacks and the community was tolerant, but experienced a little racism as a child. When William’s mother was newly divorced, she took a job to help support her family with little help from neighbors and brothers till she suffered a stroke in the early 1880’s. William was exposed to racism a little and attended public school with white children and played with them. When William was about to begin attending college, the church which he attended for several years, the First Congregational Church of Great Barrington, helped out by paying a part of his tuition. Du Bois paid for three years to study at Harvard with money from summer jobs, an inheritance, scholarships, and loans from friends and graduated as a junior. In 1890, Harvard awarded Du Bois his second bachelor's degree, and academic honors in history. In 1891, Du Bois was awarded a scholarship to attend the sociology graduate school at Harvard and William was the known as the first African American to graduate from Harvard with a PhD. Du Bois actually did not have much interaction with black people and wasn’t exposed to racism growing up although he was curious about his race. In 1892, William is awarded a Slater Fund Fellowship for his studies done in Europe. From 1892–1894 William begins his studies at the University of Berlin and travels in Europe and then from 1894-1896 he became the

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