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So Good!!! A Must Read!!!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 12, 2022
This book is a must read! The Souls of Black Folk was so good that I referenced it in my book: The Real Wakandas of Africa by Maurice Miles Martinez. W. E. B. Du Bois earned his PhD from Harvard at a time when African-Americans were not considered for such degrees. He was a Black intellectual who was heavily involved in the civil rights movement of the early 1900s. The Souls of Black Folk takes the reader through a series of essays. These essays brilliantly discuss many of the racial issues of the time. Some of them cover his experiences at Fisk University in the south. Du Bois gets into detail about many different topics which transform his understanding about race. He was an advocate of the talented tenth and engaged Booker T. Washington in dialogue. For those not aware of the history of Black America at that time, Booker T. Washington was perhaps the most prominent Black leader outside of Du Bois. Washington had been enslaved, established Tuskegee university and dined with at least one president of the United States. Thus, the section of this book that engages Booker T. Washington offers a considerable amount of insight into what was prominent a national discussion of that era. Put another way, the DuBois – Washington debate was similar in importance to the debate between Dr. King in Malcolm X in the 1960s.
Du Bois was brilliant in his own right and raised questions about racism in Georgia and other places. He’s candid when he was ignorant of certain facts which only adds to his genius. For every genius intellect can admit when he/she doesn’t know something. More specifically, he discussed Dougherty County Georgia and provided an array of facts about the economics of growing cotton there. He detailed how cotton was used to keep people in debt under the system of racism. Like The Souls of Black folk, I also discuss a variety of issues around race which transpired during the pre and post reconstruction era in my book The Real Wakandas of Africa. I explain how these issues are still prevalent in society today. However, unlike other works, I also discuss the rich history of Africans prior to slavery. Africans built the tallest building in the world which stood for more than 4000 years, towering over all other world structures. Africans conducted surgery on the eye to remove cataracts hundreds of years ago and performed successful cesarean sections with antiseptics before they were known in the rest of the world. Africans built monumental structures such as a wall for which I also wrote a book called: The Great Wall of Africa: The Empire of Benin’s 10,000 Mile Long Wall by Maurice Miles Martinez. It is these stories that are often missing from the history of Black people in the Americas and African diaspora.
Indeed, The Souls of Black Folk is a worthy read. Any person wanting to better understand the development of race in the late 1800s and early 1900s should read this book. Pick up a copy today!