W.E.B. Du Bois: Harvard’s First Black PhD Holder

Born in 1868, William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was a noted scholar, editor, and activist who fought discrimination and racism throughout his life. After graduating valedictorian from his Massachusetts high school in 1884, Du Bois attended Fisk University in Tennessee, where he was first exposed to the harsh realities of Jim Crow segregation…

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