WILLIAM DU BOIS (Great Barrington, Massachussetts, 1868 - 1963).
African American scholar, early leader in the 20th-century African American protest movement, and advocate of pan-Africanism. Born February 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, where was raised. During his youth, Du Bois did some newspaper reporting. In 1884 he graduated as valedictorian from high school. He received his bachelor of arts from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1888, having spent summers teaching in African American schools in Nashville's rural areas. In 1888 he entered Harvard University as a junior, took a bachelor of arts cum laude in 1890, and was one of six commencement speakers. From 1892 to 1894 he pursued graduate studies in history and economics at the University of Berlin on a Slater Fund fellowship. He served for two years as professor of Greek and Latin at Wilberforce University in Ohio.
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