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|William Edward Burghardt Dubois|
|Education:|| Fisk University
Harvard University University of Berlin
|Known for:|| The Souls of Black Folk
Black Reconstruction in America The Crisis
|Notable Awards|| Spingarn Medal (1920)
Lenin Peace Prize (1959)
|Born||February 23, 1868|
|Died||August 27, 1963 (aged 95)|
W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963) is widely recognized as a significant figure: for his pursuit of social justice, for his literary imagination, and for his pioneering scholarly research. He is read with profit today in the academic fields of sociology, literature, and history, and in the trans-disciplinary realms of urban studies and gender studies. Nevertheless, Du Bois was, and remains still, a contentious figure. W.E.B. DuBois challenged the oppressive dimensions of the society in which he lived. His increasingly radical stances on the political and economic issues of his day, as well as his emigration to Ghana, heightened his controversy in some circles. For many, time has not lessened the more provocative aspects of his life. William Edward Burghardt "W.E.B" Dubois was a famous civil rights leader in the NAACP. He wrote a book called The Souls of Black Folk. He was also the first African American to receive a PhD. from Harvard University.