Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
In this biographical speech, Du Bois touches on the major milestones of his life. Topics include his childhood in Western Massachusetts, education at Fisk and Harvard, research and writing, founding of the Niagara Movement, membership in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, editorship of The Crisis, participation in Pan-African Congresses, Progressive Party membership, and work as a leader in the American peace movement. He concludes with his realization that in "back of race and color discrimination lurks a more fundamental evil which both obscures and implements it. This is the willingness of civilized men to live and thrive at the price of poverty, ignorance and disease of most of their fellow men."