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DuBois and The March On Washington


W.E.B. DuBois (1868, Great Barrington, MA – 1963, Accra, Ghana)

From the wonderful Prof. Cheryl Townsend Gilkes:

“Fifty years ago today, the great sociologist and activist, W.E.B. Du Bois passed away in Accra, Ghana.  As Roy Wilkins announced Du Bois’s passing to the marchers, fifty years ago tomorrow, Wilkins reminded the marchers and it bears remembering today, that the process that led to the March on Washington was a result of the work and struggle of Du Bois.  Wilkins then admonished those gathered and those listening by radio and television to read Du Bois’s THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK.”