Black Titan: W.E.B. Du Bois

This collection of writings by and about W.E.B. Du Bois presents a multidimensional portrait of a man whose life and thought are central to any understanding of black history in the United States.


Divided into five major sections, Black Titan opens with a series of brief tributes from some of the people deeply influenced by Du Bois – among them Langston Hughes, Ruby Dee, Kwame Nkrumah, Paul Robeson, and Mayor Richard B. Hatcher. Views of Du Bois as scholar, as activist, and as international man are than provided by Saunders Redding, Vincent Harding, Truman Nelson, Elinor Desverney Sinnette, Martin Luther King, Jr., Richard B. Moore, and others. Finally the editors turn to Du Bois’ own writing: his “Credo” (a fascinating article on Africa and the French Revolution), a selection of his poems, the historic letter to Gus Hall, and other rarely reprinted pieces. Also included is a selected bibliography of Du Bois’ published writings.


Black Titan: W.E.B. Du Bois (call number)

About W.E.B. Du Bois

W.E.B. Du Bois, ca. 1946. (Credits: Flickr; Van Vechten Photographs, Yale University)

William Edward Burghardt “W. E. B.” Du Bois (1868-1963) was was a leading African-American sociologist, writer and activist. Educated at Harvard University and other top schools, Du Bois studied with some of the most important social thinkers of his time. He earned fame for the publication of such works as Souls of Black Folk (1903), and was a founding officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and editor of its magazine. Dubois also taught at Wilberforce University and Atlanta University, and chaired the Peace Information Center. Shortly before his death, Du Bois settled in Ghana to work on the Encyclopedia Africana. (Read more)

W.E.B. Du Bois (NAACP History)

A Biographical Sketch of W.E.B. Du Bois (W.E.B. Du Bois Learning Center)

Select books by W.E.B. Du Bois available from the library

The Autobiography of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Soliloquy on Viewing My Life from the Last Decade of Its First Century (call number)

Black Folk Then and Now: An Essay in the History and Sociology of the Negro Race (call number)

Black Reconstruction in America: An Essay Toward a History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860-1880 (call number)

Creative Writings by W.E.B. Du Bois: A Pageant, Poems, Short Stories, and Playlets (call number)





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