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Profile of W.E.B Du Bois
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After finding the remains of a lynched black man,
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 Hi, my name is Christian and today on About.com we're talking about African-American sociologist, author, and social activist, William Edward Burghardt Du Bois. Early Life and EducationDu Bois was born in Massachusetts in 1968 to a poor family but had more privileges than most African Americans born during this time period. He excelled in school and graduated high school early at the age of 16. Du Bois received a scholarship to attend Fisk University, a small university in Nashville, Tennessee, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. When Dubois moved to Nashville, he saw brutal living conditions of African Americans in the South. After finding the remains of a lynched black man he dedicated his life to ending racism.
Du Bois went to graduate school for history at Harvard University, where he was the first African American to receive a PhD from the school. During his time at Harvard, he was awarded a fellowship to study at the University of Berlin in Germany. Following his studies in Berlin, Du Bois argued that racial inequality could be studied using scientific research. Using that idea, he did research that helped him write several books about racial conflict and lifestyles in America. Scholarly WorksHe has authored more than 20 books and 100 scholarly articles about race relations. He wrote most of his books while teaching at universities. He first became a professor of economics and history at Atlanta University in 1897. In his book, The Souls of Black Folk, Du Bois tried to describe the black experience in America. After his employment at Atlanta University, Du Bois taught at the University of Pennsylvania. While there, he authored the well known sociological work, The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study. It focused on the economic and social conditions of African Americans in Philadelphia by doing interviews with families in the area. Equality in EducationThroughout his life, Du Bois supported African American rights to higher education and believed whites needed to take responsibility for racial inequality. He organized the Niagara Movement with the help of William Trotter, which took a strict approach to fighting racial inequality. At the age of 93, Du Bois unsatisfied with the progress of racial tension in the United States moved to Ghana where he died two years later. That’s a look at the African American historian W.E.B. Du Bois. For more information, visit about.com. Thanks for watching. 
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