W.E.B. Du Bois

Civil Rights Activist W.E.B. Du Bois

Profession: Civil Rights Activist

United States of America

Biography: Rose to national prominence as the leader of the Niagara Movement, a group of African-American activists who wanted equal rights for blacks.

He protested strongly against lynching, Jim Crow laws and discrimination in education and employment.

Born: February 23, 1868
Birthplace: Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: August 27, 1963 (aged 95)

Married Life

  • 1951-02-27 American civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois (83) weds award-winning author Shirley Graham (54) in Queens, New York

Historical Events

  • 1905-07-11 Black intellectuals and activists led by W.E.B. Du Bois organize the civil rights Niagara Movement
  • 1910-11-01 First issue of "Crisis" published by editor W.E.B. Du Bois
  • 1919-02-19 Pan-African Congress, organized by W.E.B. Du Bois in Paris
  • 1934-06-26 W.E.B. Du Bois resigns position at NAACP
  • 1943-06-22 W.E.B. Du Bois becomes 1st Black member of National Institute of Letters

Quotes by W.E.B. Du Bois

  • "A little less complaint and whining, and a little more dogged work and manly striving, would do us more credit than a thousand civil rights bills." - Civil Rights
  • "The power of the ballot we need in sheer defense, else what shall save us from a second slavery?" - Democracy, Slavery
  • "The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression." - Liberty, Repression

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