W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963), the first African-American to defend a doctoral thesis at Harvard, is a historian and ethnographer of the Black North American communities, anthropologist and colour line activist. He published several books on the drama of African-American identity duality, including The Souls of Black Folk in 1903, and rejected science not engaged in defending blacks who continued to be persecuted and discriminated against. He denied his US citizenship and moved to Ghana two years before his death.
“Passionate Doubleness : Genius and Struggle in the Work of W.E.B. Du Bois”
Tracie Canada, 2017
“It is easy to lose ourselves in details in endeavoring to grasp and comprehend the real condition of a mass of human beings,” notes W.E.B. Du Bois in one of the middle chapters of the seminal text, The Souls of Black Folk. He continues, “We often forget that each unit in the mass is a throbbing human soul. Ignorant it may be, and poverty stricken, black and curious in limb and ways and thought; and yet it loves and hates, it toils and tires, (...)