Friday, February 23, 2018

WEB DuBois 150 -- February 23, 2018
WEB DuBois, the smartest perspn in the room whatever room he entered, was born 150 years ago today, on 23-February-1868.  He was a founder of the NAACP and edited The Crisis for many years.  He fought for equality and against racism and lynching.  He attended the San Francisco conference that created the United Nations.

I don't think I ever heard his name spoken in high school and probably not in college.  In fact, I thought it was pronounced in the French manner until I heard someone talking about  him on the radio years later.  I read The Souls of Black Folk about 25 years ago and found it moving.  I still have to read Black Reconstruction.


Nick said...

So it's /duːˈbɔɪs/ doo-BOYSS!? I had no idea. And I ought to read him. His books are on Project Gutenberg. And I see that he wrote a novel, too. Could be interesting.

Joe Thompson said...

Hi Nick. It surprised me to learn how he pronounced his name. I think you'll enjoy his writing. I have to read Black Reconstruction. People keep recommending it.