WHO: W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois
WHAT: Sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, and writer who was the first black man to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard
WHEN: February 23, 1868; died August 27, 1963
WHERE: Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; died in Accra, Ghana
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
The Souls of Black Folk: "One of the most influential books ever published in America, W. E. B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk is an eloquent collection of fourteen essays that describe the life, the ambitions, the struggles, and the passions of African Americans at the transition from the nineteenth to the twentieth century."
W.E.B. Du Bois: A Reader: "The essential writings of the author who wrote prolifically on the social conditions of African-Americans and whose diverse roles included architect of civil rights, novelist and editor."
“One ever feels his twoness, -- an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.” (from The Souls of Black Folk)
“The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.” (The Souls of Black Folk)
“Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the playtime.” (The Souls of Black Folk)