The B Dubois 's Impact On American Society

904 Words May 4th, 2015 4 Pages
Chloe Thompson
Ms. Webster
English III H 5B
4 May 2015
W.E.B DuBois
One of the late 19th century and early 20th century’s most prominent black empowerment leaders was W.E.B DuBois. In research it is clear that DuBois was not subtle to one job or career choice. His main goal was to improve the lives of African Americans. As a Civil Rights activist, sociologist, educator, historian, writer, editor, poet, and scholar, DuBois contributed to changing American society today.
On February 23, 1868, William Edward Burghardt DuBois was born to Alfred Alexander DuBois and Mary Sylvina Burghardt-DuBois. Born and raised in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, DuBois was educated alongside Caucasian children and taught by white teachers as well. In 1885 he migrated to Nashville, Tennessee to attend Fisk University (“W.E.B DuBois.”). While at Fisk, DuBois encountered irrational racism and Jim Crow laws for the first time. According to Derrick Alridge, DuBois focused “… on philosophy, history, and poverty. It was at this point that he began to form his idea of the "talented tenth"—a cadre of college-educated blacks that would break down the institutional structures of American racism while elevating their race to a pinnacle of respect in the world community” (Alridge). After graduating from Fisk in 1888, DuBois was accepted into Harvard as a graduate. While at Harvard, he studied abroad at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. He learned the German language while attended Fisk University back…
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