Blog 4: W.E.B Dubois

W.E.B Dubois was dedicated to the study of Black culture in the United States. He was mainly focused on racism and the way Blacks were treated in our country. He was a sociologist, philosopher and social activist. Du Bois became the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University.He was an extremely accomplished man.  Black Americans were isolated from society because of their skin color and Dubois wanted to put an end to it. He published The Philadelphia Negro based on his study of Blacks Philadelphia. Another one of his achievements was publishing Souls of Black Folks. In the Souls of Black Folks Dubois stated ,“for the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line. Dubois wanted the world to know what it was like to be African American during the twentieth century. He went against Booker T. Washington who was then the most influential black man in America. Washington encouraged blacks to accept discrimination for the time  and gain the respect of whites by working hard. Dubois believed that that would bring Blacks down rather then the opposite. He was also responsible for the Atlanta Conferences. The Atlanta Conferences were committed to the study of the conditions of Blacks in America.  Dubois had hope that he would be able to adrress questions relating to racism by conducting all the research he did. Without a doubt, Du Bois was the voice of the black community.

Racism has definitely come along way since slavery but unfortunately it still exists. People are get judged everyday solely based on their skin color. Hopefully within time the  issue of racism will decrease but to make this change as a society we first have to make changes within ourselves and I honestly don’t see that happening any time soon or ever for that fact.


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