w.e.b. du bois


Civil Rights Chess Set by Lisa Mathews

“Radical” side of board: Huey P Newton, Al Sharpton, Angela Davis, Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan, Bobby Seal[e], W.E.B DuBois, Lena Horne, James Brown, Harriet Tubman, Cornel West, Stokley Carmichael, Muhammad Ali and Marcus Garvey.

“Nonviolence” side of board: Andrew Young, Jesse Jackson, Dr Martin Luther King Jr, Coretta Scott-King, Ralph Abernathy, John Lewis, Frederick Douglas, Willie Mays, Thurgood Marshall, Medgar Evers, Rosa Parks, Joseph Lowery, Maya Angelou and Booker T Washington. [h/t]

…Deserve it, then. Study, do your work. Be honest, frank and fearless and get some grasp of the real values of life. You will meet, of course, curious little annoyances. People will wonder at your dear brown and the sweet crinkley hair. But that simply is of no importance and will soon be forgotten. Remember that most folk laugh at anything unusual, whether it is beautiful, fine or not. You, however, must not laugh at yourself. You must know that brown is as pretty as white or prettier…The main thing is the YOU beneath the clothes and skin—the ability to do, the will to conquer, the determination to understand and know this great, wonderful, curious world. Don’t shrink from new experiences and custom. Take the cold bath bravely…Enjoy what is, and not pine for what is not. Read some good, heavy, serious books just for discipline: Take yourself in hand and master yourself. Make yourself do unpleasant things, so as to gain the upper hand of your soul.

W.E.B. Du Bois

In 1914, his soon-to-be 14-year-old daughter, Yolande, left the family home to study at Bedales School in England. He wrote her the [above, excerpted] letter of advice soon after her arrival…

To mark the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Great War, The Atlantic has published a special commemorative edition featuring dispatches from soldiers at the front and articles by such major writers and historical figures as Winston Churchill, H.G. Wells, Gertrude Stein, W.E.B. Du Bois, H.L. Mencken, Walter Lippmann, Reinhold Niebuhr, Bertrand Russell, Arnold J. Toynbee, Barbara Tuchmann, Christopher Hitchens, and many others, all drawn from the magazine’s archives.

Experience history as Atlantic writers and readers experienced it at the time, watching the slow build-up to war and then its sudden rippling explosions as combat broke out; the brutal, violent—and sometimes darkly humorous—reality of life in the trenches; the savage peace that followed war, along with the failed attempts at a League of Nations, the rise of Hitler, and the rumblings of the next World War.

A richly packed 144 pages of war reportage, vivid photography, and poetry, you can read it in digital format by downloading it for your iPad or iPhoneAndroid, or Kindle, order a print version here, or buy a copy at any newsstand.

Nas, Hip Hop, and Higher Education  Nas Honored As The “Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship” Is Established At Harvard University. Today, Harvard University and the Hip Hop Archive announced the "Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship" program. The Fellowship will provide selected scholars and artists with an opportunity to show that “education is real power,” as it builds upon the achievements of those who demonstrate exceptional capacity for productive scholarship and exceptional creative ability in the arts, in connection with hip-hop. The program also seeks to incorporate Hip Hop into higher education without “losing and compromising what Hip hop is and means to those who introduced it and to those who continue to develop and sustain Hiphop culture.” Read More
I am writing to ask if in the midst of your busy life you could find time to write us a word about the evil of race prejudice in the world.

When W.E.B. Du Bois, born on this day in 1868, corresponded with Einstein about race and racial justice

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