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W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois
Artist
James E. Purdy, 1859 - 1933
Sitter
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, 23 Feb 1868 - 27 Aug 1963
Date
1907
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 14.2 × 9.9 cm (5 9/16 × 3 7/8")
Mount: 16.5 × 11 cm (6 1/2 × 4 5/16")
Topic
Interior
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard
Photographic format\Cabinet card
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois: Male
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois: Literature\Writer
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois: Education\Educator\Professor\University
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois: Literature\Writer\Poet
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist\Civil rights activist\Civil rights leader
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois: Literature\Editor
Portrait
Place
United States\Massachusetts\Suffolk\Boston
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
NPG.80.25
Exhibition Label
Born Great Barrington, Massachusetts
In 1903 W.E.B. Du Bois famously declared that “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line.” Having received a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1895, Du Bois applied his extraordinary intellectual energies to studying the question of race in America. The author of more than twenty books, he was also an activist and helped to found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1910. Du Bois came to oppose the policy of racial accommodation favored by Booker T. Washington, insisting that African Americans actively promote the quest for full civil and political rights.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery