Black History Month: Facts #26

W.E.B. DuBois (1868 – 1963)

In West Louisville, 22nd Street (from Broadway, north to Main Street) is named after him. The ‘him’ is W.E.B. DuBois. DuBois was an author and a Civil Rights activist, most known as being the co-founder of the NAACP, as well as the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard.

DuBois first earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Fisk University before earning the Doctorate from Harvard; the Doctorate was paid for via money from summer jobs, scholarships and loans from friends.

DuBois wrote The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study (1899), his landmark study — the first case study of an African American community- before embarking on an extensive writing career.

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