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Biography Of William Edward Burghardt Dubois

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William Edward Burghardt DuBois was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts in 1868 to his Dutch and African descent mother, Mary Silvina Burghardt and father Alfred Dubois born to Bahamian mulatto slaves. Mary Silvina was left to raise young William with only the help of her extended Burghardt family after Alfred Dubois abandoned his family. Although, this was a hardship in Du Bois 's early life he was fortunate enough to be born and live as a free black man in a small town of Massachusetts where a very little percentage of the town was black. Race was a very visible distinction that represented a great deal of difference of treatment which affected DuBois immensely. His concern for racism grew through the years and became a bitterness that he would carry with him for the rest of his life.
As a young adult DuBois proved to be a gifted student graduating as a valedictorian as well as owning the title of being the first African American to graduate from Massachusetts’, Great Barrington High School. W.E.B DuBois began voicing his opinion regarding racial injustice by submitting several articles to local newspapers such as the Springfield Republican and the New York Globe. Recognizing DuBois’ intellectuality Frank Hosmer, principal at Great Barrington High School granted him a scholarship to liberal arts college, Fisk University in Nashville Tennessee. While attending Fisk University he contributed to the community by teaching widely African American schools in rural
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