W.E.B. DuBois, american civil rights activist, scholar and founding father of NAACP, died on this date, August 27, 1963. Du Bois was born and raised in Massachusetts. Du Bois, pictured, was the first African American to receive a Ph. D. in History from Harvard University. He was the co-founder of the NAACP and was an advocate for African American civil rights and equality. DuBois adamantly spoke in favor of higher education and political office for blacks. DuBois was also a supporter of Pan-Africanism and worked to help African colonies under European rule. Around the time of his death, he had been working on an encyclopedia called “The Encyclopedia Africana,” in Ghana. He was 95.
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