W.E.B. Du Bois

Pioneering sociologist, historian, novelist, playwright, and cultural critic, W. E. B. Du Bois committed his life to a relentless opposition to racial and social injustice. Without ever seeking a mass following, he was a peerless organizer who helped to found both the Niagara Movement and the NAACP, and who fostered several Pan African Congresses. For years, he was editor of The Crisis and other progressive journals, and was an international spokesperson for peace and the rights of oppressed minorities.

As a comprehensive online encyclopedia, DuBoisopedia, seeks to capture the details, both large and small, that together made up Du Bois's life and times. With the use of wiki technology, DuBoisopedia was created as a collaborative project that offers a forum to students and researchers who wish to share knowledge acquired either from their interactions with the Du Bois Papers, held at the Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) at UMass Amherst, or from their interactions with the published writings of Du Bois and Du Bois criticism.

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