Du Bois of Great Barrington
Great Barrington in 1885 had 4,471 residents, of whom 107 were Black. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois had just graduated valedictorian of the small local high school - here, with his class - and was headed to Fisk U.
He later recalled that “History and English, ancient languages and mathematics were...well taught, although the history was conventional rather than critical.”
Really exciting opportunity to hear DuBois’ “Black Reconstruction in America” being read aloud by a superstar lineup @TheReadInSeries. The first chapters dropped yesterday--with Phylicia Rashad & @YNB --and the series will continue through Election Day.
DuBois supported women’s suffrage strongly, though he didn’t always support strong women. Read about his suffrage activity here 👇 and below.
#suffrage100 #19thAmendment #BlackSuffragists
When W.E.B.DuBois left academia and moved to New York City to work for the @NAACP, the fledgling organization could barely pay him.— Daily Suffragist (@DailySuffragist) May 15, 2020
Launching The Crisis magazine was a risk, but by 1912 it had a circulation of 27,000.
Its first special issue was devoted to women’s suffrage. 🧵
Supporting women’s suffrage wasn’t an obvious political choice for African-American men in the 1910s.— Daily Suffragist (@DailySuffragist) May 16, 2020
To convince readers of The Crisis to support the cause, W.E.B.DuBois had to first confront the racism of mainstream suffragists. Thread. pic.twitter.com/brmeDDl07f