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The Souls of Black Folk Paperback – November 28, 2014
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Christina Coleman, Essence<br \><br \> Dr. Du Bois was not only an intellectual giant exploring the frontiers of knowledge, he was in the first place a teacher. He would have wanted his life to teach us something about our tasks of emancipation. One idea he insistently taught was that black people have been kept in oppression and deprivation by a poisonous fog of lies that depicted them as inferior, born deficient and deservedly doomed to servitude to the grave . . . Dr. Du Bois recognized that the keystone in the arch of oppression was the myth of inferiority and he dedicated his brilliant talents to demolish it.
Martin Luther King, Jr.<br \><br \>"Du Bois . . . wrote knowing full well that what he said was neither palatable nor negotiable, that a large portion of the country would not be swayed, and that the truth, in and of itself, must be enough. It is often said that this space lacks for hope. Here is your bone for the day: In the academy, Du Bois was victorious. He did not live to see that victory, but it is his view on the centrality of white supremacy that now carries the day.
Ta-Nehisi Coates<br \><br \> What Dr. Du Bois showed is that he had enormous courage. I would encourage young men and women, black and white and Asian and Spanish speaking and all, all to look at Dr. Du Bois and realize that courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can t practice any other virtue consistently. You can t be consistently fair or kind or generous or forgiving any of those without courage.
Maya Angelou<br \><br \>"Du Bois's most important gift to the black literary tradition is, without question, the concept of the duality of the African-American, expressed metaphorically in his elated metaphors of double-consciousness and the veil.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.<br \><br \> The impact of The Souls of Black Folk on black American writing, and on writing about black America, is all the clearer. The descent of the imaginative treatments of two-ness, invisibility, and the magic behind the veil, from Ellison to Baldwin to Morrison, has by now become a stock theme in accounts of modern Amer --abc
Du Bois is the brook of fire through which we all must pass in order to gain access to the intellectual and political weaponry needed to sustain the radical democratic tradition in our time.
Cornel West --abc
I never emulated white men and brown men whose fates didn t speak to my own. It was into my father s image, the black man, son of Africa, that I d packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, Du Bois and Mandela.
Barack Obama --abc
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William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois (February 23, 1868 August 27, 1963) was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community.
After completing graduate work at the University of Berlin and Harvard, where he was the first African-American to earn a doctorate, he became a professor of history, sociology, and economics at Atlanta University. Du Bois was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909.
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 28, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 124 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1505223377
- ISBN-13 : 978-1505223378
- Lexile measure : 1280L
- Item Weight : 6.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.28 x 9 inches
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But if I didn't choose one then I wasn't allowed to write a review and I very much wanted to. What an amazing book. It is a slim read, and while some of it is clearly relevant to the times in which he lived, so much of it sounds like it could be written today. For those of us who will never know what it's like to be a minority and looked down upon or treated as "different", it is a revelation, a poignant insight into the everyday lives and tribulations of black Americans (and I suspect increasingly how foreigners are also being treated) It is touching, and also inspiring - it moves you to do more and to stand up and be counted. It is a wonderful book, and I recommend it for any reader, especially teenagers who will never learn about this in history class. because if we don't know our past, how can we possibly understand our present, or improve our future?
Beautiful, beautiful writing. Our book club reads something about Black history, or a book written by a Black author
every February to improve our minds and understanding. Our group consists of 4 White people, 2 Indian (from India)
people, one Asian person, and we all loved reading the book .Ignorance, Power, Bigotry are a horrible combination.
Being an academic he writes to impress himself more than to educated the reader; stark contrast to Booker T.
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